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:
|1||472||Geoffrey Kipkorir KIRUI||KEN||2:08:27 SB|
|3||540||Alphonce Felix SIMBU||TAN||2:09:51|
|4||422||Callum HAWKINS||GBR||2:10:17 PB|
|5||457||Daniele MEUCCI||ITA||2:10:56 PB|