Ethiopian Ayele Abshero Returns to Dubai Marathon

Ayele AbsheroFour years after clocking a course record in Dubai, Ethiopia’s Ayele Abshero will return to the scene of his greatest triumph on the roads when he lines up at the 2016 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on 22 January, organisers of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced today.

In 2012, the then 21 year-old runner surprised a world-class field and clocked the stunning time of 2:04:23 to win the Dubai Marathon on his debut over the classic distance.

Not only was it a course record for the Dubai race, it was also at the time the fastest debut marathon ever and the fourth fastest marathon ever, on a record-legal course. It also remains his personal best.

Abshero, who celebrates his 25th birthday on Monday, did not reach the same heights in his five subsequent marathons and he failed to finish the London 2012 Olympic Games marathon, but he has still been a consistent high-level competitor and added third and fourth place finishes at the London Marathon, in 2013 and 2014 respectively, to his running CV.

“Ayele’s victory and course record was a highlight in what was an amazing year for the Dubai Marathon in 2012,” said Dubai Marathon Event Director Peter Connerton.

“Never before in marathon history had more than three men broken 2:05 on a legal course yet that year four men broke that mark here in Dubai. We bettered that in 2013 when five men ran sub-2:05 but Ayele’s race – and the fastest marathon debut ever – are certainly among the race’s historical highlights.”

The 2016 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon will offer a slightly new course for Abshero to get to grips with.

In 2012, the young Ethiopian started and finished his race in downtown Dubai whereas in 2016 he will join the other elite runners at the start line outside the Dubai Police Academy.

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