Ethiopian runner Tamirat Tula won the marathon gold at the 18th World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, USA.
Tola ran the 42.195 km race in a time of 2.05:36 hours, taking his first world title since silver in the 2017 race in London ahead of his compatriot Mocinette Guerremo, who won silver (2.06:45 hours), and Belgian Bashir Abdi. , who won bronze (2.06:49 hours).
Tola waited until kilometer 34 to elude a constellation of five sprinters and went seven seconds at a glance without competition from his pursuers before taking it up to over a minute, setting a new world record knowing the previous record was 2.06: Kenyan Abel Kerui spent 54 hours at the 2009 World Cup in Berlin.
The 30-year-old from Tula, who won bronze in the 10,000 meters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, won his country’s second world title and first since Gizain Abera in Edmonton in 2001.