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Mosinet Geremew and Roza Dereje break Dubai marathon records

Mosinet Geremew and Roza Dereje

Dubai, Jan 27 (UITV/IANS)- Ethiopians Mosinet Geremew and Roza Dereje broke the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon records on their way to claim top places here on Friday.

Geremew also improved on his personal record, clocking in a time of two hours and four minutes on his way to win the 42-km race in its 19th annual year, reports Efe.

The 25-year-old Geremew was 11 seconds faster than the previous record registered by his compatriot Leul Gebreselassie, who had to settle for the second spot, two seconds off pace on Friday.

Geremew, who holds the Yangzhou Jianzhen half marathon record, also was two minutes and 21 seconds faster than his personal best.

A total of seven Ethiopian athletes crossed the finish line in less than two hours and five minutes.

In the women's category, Dereje also broke the event record with a time of two hours, 19 minutes and 17 seconds.

Dereje's fellow Ethiopian Feyse Tadese came in the second spot, 13 seconds off the pace.