Kenya’s Marius Kipserem and Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh stormed the finish line to secure victories in the first-ever ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon on Friday.
Beating his personal best, 2016 Rotterdam Marathon winner Marius crossed the finish line in 2:04:04, recording the 12th best marathon time in the world.
He was followed by fellow Kenyan and half-marathon record holder Abraham Kiptum and Ethiopia’s Dejena Gonfa at third slot.
Commenting after his win, Kipserem said: "I feel very good and happy because I ran my personal best today. The route was perfect and it was great weather.
Ababel Yeshaneh stormed the finish line with a time of 2:20:16.
Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba crossed in second place, followed by Ethiopian runner Gelete Burka.
Yeshaneh expressed her delight at the win: "I’m pleased with my result and personal best performance. It’s my first time in Abu Dhabi and I was very happy with the route of the marathon."