London – Ethiopia won a second silver medal at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 after Tamirat Tola finished in second place in the men’s marathon race  

Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya, the 2017 Boston marathon winner, extended his country’s record as the most successful nation in the history of this event at the IAAF Championships.

Tola, the Rio 10,000m bronze medallist and fastest in the field thanks to the 2:04:11 he recorded in winning this year’s Dubai Marathon, required medical treatment after struggling home in 2:09:49, just two seconds ahead of Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu, who clocked 2:09:41.

Ethiopia have only won this race once – through Gezahegne Abera at Edmonton in 2001.

Top 5 finishers:

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 472 Geoffrey Kipkorir KIRUI KENKEN 2:08:27 SB
2 412 Tamirat TOLA ETHETH 2:09:49
3 540 Alphonce Felix SIMBU TANTAN 2:09:51
4 422 Callum HAWKINS GBRGBR 2:10:17 PB
5 457 Daniele MEUCCI ITAITA 2:10:56 PB
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