GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >>

 
  Share

Dubai, UAE, January 11, 2017: Ethiopian athletes Shure Demise and Meselech Melkamu will lead a strong line-up of elite runners in the women's event at the 2017 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 20.

In the past, Demise and Melkamu have flirted with the top spot in the world's richest marathon and both women have the experience required to finally land the US$200,000 first prize.

Three years ago Melkamu finished as runner-up after missing out on victory by just 22 seconds to fellow Ethiopian Mulu Seboka, while Demise has already shown what she can achieve in Dubai, having run a personal best over the flat course of 2h:20m:59s for fourth place in 2015.

Demise has also won the last two Toronto Marathons and will be looking to celebrate her birthday in style when she takes to the start line outside the Dubai Police Academy on Umm Suqeim Road – Demise turns 21 just 24 hours later on January 21.

“Over the years we have enjoyed some amazing battles in the women's race, including the 2012 Marathon when the top three women all broke 2h:20, which still remains unmatched by any other Marathon,” said Event Director Peter Connerton.

Demise's personal best from 2015 is one of the highlights of an impressive roster of marathon performances for the 20 year-old. She knows how to excel on the big occasion as her run of marathon results over the past two years shows: twice winning in Toronto (2015 and 2016) and also finishing high in the rankings in Tokyo, one of the world's leading marathons.

Like Demise, 31 year-old Melkamu is a thoroughbred elite who ran a superb marathon debut when she won the 2012 Frankfurt Marathon in 2:21:01.

As well as finishing fourth in Dubai in 2014, Melkamu claimed third place in last year's Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon and clearly has the potential for a sub-2:20.

“I want to reach times in the marathon that are as good as the results I achieved in the 10,000m,” said Melkamu who has accumulated a haul of eight medals at World Championships, World Indoor Championships and World Cross-Country Championships.

Joining Demise and Melkamu in the Dubai line up are fellow Ethiopians Tadelech Bekele – who returns to the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon following her seventh place with a personal best of 2:22:51 in 2015 – and Arage Yebrgual, winner of both the Prague and Boston Marathons in 2015.

“Like their male counterparts, the leading female athletes are all keen to compete in Dubai,” said Event General Co-ordinator, UAE Athletics Federation Chairman and IAAF Council Member Ahmed Al Kamali. “The nature of the course and the wonderful running conditions lend themselves to fast times and the opportunity to set a new personal best, while the financial incentive is also bigger than other events.”

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and staged under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the event will see more than 30,000 runners compete across the IAAF Gold Label marathon, the 10km Road Race and the 4km Fun Run.
In addition to Standard Chartered as title sponsor, the Dubai Marathon is supported by the Dubai Sports Council, adidas, Masafi, Sport 360, Dubai Eye 103.8FM, Dubai Holding, Dubai Police and the RTA.


Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 6795 times
Posted on : Wednesday, January 11, 2017  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Sulayem Tours Dubai Autodrome Race Paddock Ahead of Hankook 24h Dubai
Next Story : Double triumph for Qatar in Fazza Championship for Falconry Tilwah
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Bourjois Healthy Mix
Prada Luna Rossa Carbon
Kids Get Groovy in COÉGA Sunwear Spring/Summer 2017 collection
Bourjois: Blow a Kiss for Mother's Day
Introducing NEW Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream SPF30
Paul Marciano and Al-Futtaim Celebrate GUESS' 35 Year Anniversary with Spectacul...
Elizabeth Arden: White Tea fragrance
Elizabeth Arden: Eight Hour® Miracle Hydrating Mist
Celebrate Life's Key Moments with Mouawad Jewelry
Gucci Eyewear Spring/Summer 2017
Cocktail and Bridal Couture by International Brand Label based in Dubai, Kara by...
Browz's Lip Blush Treatment is Perfecting the Pout
Burberry Eyewear: His and Hers
Ulysse Nardin Jade “Grand Feu”
Lose the Back Pain at Work
IKEA Spreads Cheer on International Day of Happiness
Doha Bank named ‘Best Trade Finance Bank' in Qatar at Global Finance Awards 2017
Clearly Corrective Brightening and Smoothing Moisture Treatment
World's Best Family SUV – the All-New Land Rover Discovery Makes its Debut in th...
Danube Dubai Fashion League showcases stunning designs amidst UAE's fashion elite
Re - Salons and Spas celebrate Women's Wellness on International Women's Day
Sharjah Museums to Open Unique Photographic Exhibition of Muslim Communities in China
SAINT HONORE introduces the first watch made out of steel from the Eiffel Tower
Hassan Al Qayedi, Afra Al Badi emerge champions in Fazza Championship for Shooti...
Etihad Airways Crowns Winner of ‘Taste the World' at Taste of Hong Kong
Customs World inks cooperation agreement with Dominican Customs
Grand Optics Celebrates 20 Years in the Middle East
Art Jameel enters new phase of development
Treat your mom this Mother's Day with Huawei
LG Steals the Spotlight With Record Number of 2017 if Design Awards
Malabar Gold & Diamonds receives ‘Best Jewellery Brand Award' from India Bullion...
Ulysse Nardin: Classic Sonata combining classical beauty with pure functionality.
Introducing XperiaTM L1 - a stylish smartphone, with an impressive display and s...
Etihad Airways to Launch A380 Flights to Paris
Versace Fall/Winter 2016-2017 Collection Preview
Siemens to help develop Qataris' tech skills
The UAE Goes Green for Ireland's National Day
Marks & Spencer Hot Cross Bun
QNET Wins 2016 Sitecore Experience Award for Omnichannel Automation: Best E-comm...
Dubai Chamber concludes high-level trade mission to India
Malabar Gold & Diamonds' launched its 172nd showroom in Ballari, Karnataka, India
New spa experience offers visitors to Beautyworld Middle East 2017 a memorable v...
US Scholar to Address Feminism Under Islamic Law
QNET Celebrates World Water Day 2017 with HomePure
TKD Lingerie: Top 5 lingerie trends from the past five years
United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation a...
Collaborates with Ministry of Interior to Support GCC Traffic Week
Dubai-based Italian creative lab SUPERFUTUREDESIGN* wins Urban Commissions 2017 ...
Finnair must again cancel over 90 flights on Friday March 17th due to strikes at...
Louis Moinet donates Luxury Timepiece to help orphans in India