• Elite Athletes: Dubai Marathon 2018

 Men's Elite 

Name Country PB Comment
Tamirat Tola Ethiopia 2:04:11 Defending champ/course record holder
Endeshaw Negesse Ethiopia 2:04:52 Won ’15 Tokyo but has only finished 1 marathon since
Sisay Lemma Ethiopia 2:05:16 Ran his PR here in ’16 when he was 4th; 3rd in ’17
Girmay Birhanu Ethiopia 2:05:49
Tested positive for meldonium in ’16 and faced potential jail time in Ethiopia but now back racing again
Mosinet Geremew Ethiopia 2:06:12 3rd in Berlin in Sept. behind Kipchoge & Adola
Sisay Jisa Ethiopia 2:06:27 Finished 4th last year, his first sub-2:10 in almost 5 years
Ronald Kipkoech Korir Kenya 2:07:26 3rd in Madrid last year
Adugna Takele Ethiopia 2:08:31 7th in Shanghai last year
Asefa Mengstu Ethiopia 2:08:41 7th at ’17 London, then won Cape Town in Sept.
Mekuant Ayenew Ethiopia 2:09:00 2016 Beijing champ lowered his PR to 2:09:00 in Prague in ’17
Berhanu Teshome Ethiopia 2:09:03 Has run 2:09 twice
Seifu Tura Ethiopia 2:09:26 2nd in Seoul last year in his debut
Joseph Kiptum Kenya 2:09:56 This is his first marathon since ’13
Herpassa Negasa Ethiopia 2:10:17 Has run 2:10:17 in his last 2 marathons (’15 Lyon, ’16 Mumbai)
Ken-Ichi Jiromaru Japan 2:15:24
Yenew Alamirew Ethiopia debut Track stud (12:48/27:19, ’13 DL 5k champ) has never raced beyond 10 miles
Derara Desalegn Ethiopia debut 61:45 half pb from Shanghai last year
Birhanu Legese Ethiopia debut 59:20 HM man beat out Leonard Korir to win New Delhi Half in Nov.
Leul Gebresilase Ethiopia debut 6th in Ethiopian Oly Trials 10k in ’16; 59:18 HM pb
Fikadu Haftu Ethiopia debut Ran big PR of 59:22 HM to finish 4 secs behind Gebresilase in Valencia in Oct.
Kuma Terecha Ethiopia debut 62:40 HM pb
Armon Napuat Vanuatu ???

Women's Elite

Name Country PB Comment
Aselefech Mergia Ethiopia 2:19:31 3-time champ/course record holder was most recently 12th at Worlds
Mare Dibaba Ethiopia 2:19:52 2015 world champ/’16 Oly bronze medalist was 8th at Worlds
Feysa Tadese Ethiopia 2:20:27 Ran 2:20 in ’14 but hasn’t cracked 2:25 since
Worknesh Degefa Ethiopia 2:22:36 Her debut at ’17 Dubai was a huge success as she won the race
Roza Dereje Ethiopia 2:22:43 Ran 4-min PR in Shanghai in Nov. in her 7th marathon in 22 months
Yebrgual Melese Ethiopia 2:22:51 3rd last year, then finished 2nd in Paris (PR), & 2nd in Frankfurt
Sutume Asefa Ethiopia 2:24:00 4th in ’16; runner-up in Toronto in October
Azmera Abreha Ethiopia 2:25:23 Ran a solid 2:25 for 3rd in her debut in Amsterdam last year
Gelete Burka Ethiopia 2:26:03 ’08 World Indoor 1500 champ/ ’15 Worlds 10k runner-up runs 4th marathon here
Yinli He China 2:27:35 Ran 5 marathons last year but only one under 2:40
Netsanet Gudeta Ethiopia 2:29:15 Only ran 2:29 in her debut last year but ran 67:26 HM last year; 3rd at ’15 World XC
Anne-Mari Hyrylainen Finland 2:32:19 Ran her PR here last year; 25th at Worlds
Ababel Yeshaneh Ethiopia 2:33:10 14th at ’16 Olympics in 5k; 67:21 HM pb
Tesfenesh Merga Ethiopia 2:35:31
Waganesh Mekasha Ethiopia 2:46:08
Senbere Teferi Ethiopia debut 2nd, 5th, 4th at last 3 global champs in 5k; 14:29 pb. Just 22.
Genet Yalew Ethiopia debut 66:26 HM pb; 5th at ’16 World Half champs
Dera Dida Ethiopia debut 2nd in jr race at ’15 World XC; 14th in 10k at ’17 Worlds. Just 21.
Muliye Dekebo Ethiopia debut 69:10 HM at age 18 last year
Haftamnesh Tesfay Ethiopia debut
Desi Jisa Bahrain debut 15th in 10k at Worlds last year; 69:07 HM pb
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