Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Tola leads Ethiopia 1-2 in marathon final at Worlds

At one point, Tamirat Tola was there with the platoon head to head, shoulder to shoulder, and shoe to shoe.

So, it wasn’t. She left them that fast. Nor catch it.

Tola led a 1-2 finish for Ethiopia in the men’s marathon at the world championships on Sunday, opening a wide lead late in the race and crossing the finish line.

Tola, 30, finished in a championship-record time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 36 seconds on a fast, flat course that featured plenty of scenic views to soak in. His teammate Mosinet Geremew held on for silver, finishing 68 seconds. behind Tolla. Bashir Abdi of Belgium captured the bronze.

“I tried to prepare for a long time” for this, Tola said through an interpreter. “It was my dream.”

Even in dreams, you rarely win by such a convincing margin. Tola never looked back after walking away.

Well, maybe a couple of times. But no one was even close to catching up, as the 2017 world silver medalist kept building and building on his lead. The previous championship record was 2:06:54, set by Kenya’s Abel Kirui at the 2009 world championships in Berlin.

This is the sign of Tola’s dominance: Geremew’s time also eclipsed the championship record. It was another silver for Geremew, who finished world runner-up in the Doha heat in 2019.

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“I’m very happy because we own gold and silver,” Geremew said.


In 2019, Lelisa Desisa led the way for Ethiopia. However, on Sunday, the defending world champion tried to keep up but couldn’t keep up. American sprinter and University of Oregon standout Galen Rupp was in the lead pack for much of the race before falling back and finishing 19th. Rupp, 36, received loud cheers from fans who lined the field, some of whom followed him as they rode their bikes.

That was one way of keeping up with Tola.

The real race was for silver, with 33-year-old Abdi pushing Geremew to the finish before running out of steam. Canada’s Cameron Levins was fourth and Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor finished fifth. Kamworor is getting back into shape after recovering from a broken leg he sustained when he was hit by a motorcycle in 2020.

For Tebello Ramakongoana from Lesotho, it was quite a journey to get to the starting line. She arrived in Portland after a journey of approximately 40 hours, but her luggage did not arrive. That included her running team.

Sandra Cress, who worked in the transportation operations office in Portland for World Athletics, helped him get socks, leggings and a pair of Nike shoes.

“It was fun being able to follow him in the race, and it was easy to spot him as the only runner in white tights,” Cress wrote in a text message.

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Ramakongoana finished in 35th place, and with a great story.

Runners were able to pick up the pace with temperatures hovering around a comfortable 57 degrees Fahrenheit (13.9 Celsius) and cloud cover. That’s a stark contrast to conditions in the worlds in Doha when the men’s marathon was held at midnight to avoid the scorching heat. The temperature was still hovering around 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius).

After a slight delay, 1972 Olympic marathon champion Frank Shorter ushered in the race that sent runners along a three-lap course that ended in front of the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium. The route wound through the cities of Eugene and Springfield.

The course crossed the Willamette River and ventured along Pre’s Trail, the bark running trail named after University of Oregon running icon Steve Prefontaine, who died in a car accident in 1975.

Kengo Suzuki was missing from the field after the Japanese team had some cases of positive tests for COVID-19. Also not competing was Kenyan marathoner Lawrence Cherono, who was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit after testing positive for a banned substance.

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