The 2019 Dubai Marathon saw some of the fastest men’s and women’s marathon results in history. In the women’s race, Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya clocked a 2:17:07, shattering the old course record and running the third fastest marathon time in history. Paula Radcliffe and Mary Keitany are the only two women to ever run faster and both hold world records. Radcliffe holds the marathon world record and Keitany holds the women’s only marathon world record.
🔥 Stunning results in Dubai! 🔥
Getaneh Molla wins in 2:03:34, the fastest debut in history!
Ruth Chepngetich moves to No.3 on world all-time list with 2:17:08!
And fast times for runners-up Herpassa Negasa (2:03:40) and Worknesh Degefa (2:17:41).
— IAAF (@iaaforg) January 25, 2019
Chepngetich also won the Vodafone Istanbul Marathon in November, and also set a course record there, with her 2:18:35 finish.
Second in the women’s race was Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia in 2:17:41 and third was Worknesh Edesa in 2:21:05, also of Ethiopia.
Dubai Marathon Water Bottle Flip Gif in all its glory pic.twitter.com/TmvV2Kvf8A
— Evan Schwartz (@schwartzevan) January 25, 2019
In the men’s race, winner Getaneh Molla of Ethiopia ran the fastest marathon debut in history at 2:03:34, to take 26 seconds off the previous course record. Herpassa Negasa of Ethiopia was second in 2:03:40 and third place went to Asefa Mengstu also of Ethiopia in 2:04:24.
Interestingly, second place finisher Negasa ran in an Adidas kit, but wore Nike Vaporflys. The logo has been faded but you can pretty clearly make out the famed racing shoe.
— Reed Breuer (@ReedBreuer) January 25, 2019
All of this happened despite the cut in prize money. Since at least 2012, the Dubai Marathon has enjoyed the distinction of having the richest prize purse of any marathon in the world, rewarding the winner with $200,000 USD. (From 2008 to 2012, it was $250,000.) As a result, it has attracted the top competitors and resulted in some of the highest numbers of crazy fast finishes in marathon history. This year, however it has reduced the total prize money offered by more than half. Why? Because the IAAF has refused to grant it the prestigious platinum label status.