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    ETHIOPIAN CLEAN SWEEP Dubai Marathon 2015 Bekele Drops out w/Video
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    10 min. Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=uxUeIZ1es-Y

    It was yet another day of dominance for Ethiopian athletes at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon as little known Lemi Berhanu Hayle and the sublime Aselefech Mergia swept the board in the world’s richest marathon.

    Just 20 years old, Berhanu left some of the biggest names in long distance running trailing and in warm weather conditions clocked a world leading time of 2:05:28 to win by 24 seconds from 2013 Dubai and Boston champion Lelisa Desisa. Deribe Robi completed an-all Ethiopian podium with a time of 2:06:06. Ethiopia’s superstar Kenenisa Bekele dropped out beyond the 30km mark, appearing to suffer from a leg injury.

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    As KB is finding out, transitioning to the marathon in your 30's is a difficult task. Not many make it with success. Tergat, Geb, & Kipchoge are the exception. It will be interesting to see how Bekele fares in London. Having dropped out at 30k, his body will recover more quickly. But two questions remain . . . How will he change his training? And, How will he handle the mental aspect of racing the likes of Kipsang, Kimetto, et al?

    As Berhanu demonstrated, athletes are having greater success going straight to the marathon at an early age. But very few have experienced sustained success. Is there another Sammy Wanjiru out there? (Will there ever be???)
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    It took Geb about this long to get good at the marathon, and withdrawing with an injury can be a bit different - sometimes things just go wrong. Also, KB has been rather inconsistent over the last four years even on the track, so it is not surprising that he is having trouble with a new domain with different stresses. I would say that he might get it right for one or two big races at some point but is unlikely to have the stars align for the Olympics because his success rate in training is too low.
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    that video requires a google log-in.

    direct version posted to our front page.
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