An analysis by Helmut Winter, who has been involved with 18 of the fastest 20 marathons in history, reveals that the 13:55 5k that Marius Kipserem allegedly ran between 30 and 35k in Abu Dhabi, was indeed too good to be true, just like we told you.
Cheserek defended his title from last year with a 3:54.83 victory over Leonard Bett (3:54.89). Craig Engels was 3rd (3:59.94), Canada's Ben Flanagan 4th (3:59.97) and Nick Willis 5th (4:00.78). Merriam Cherop won the women's race in 4:22.54 breaking her own record as the fastest mile on Hawaii by a woman.
Despite strong winds, Ekiru won by 4-minutes, not far off the 2:08:27 course record. Olympic steeplechaser Donn Cabral made his marathon debut for 3rd place in 2:19:16. The women's title went to Vivian Jerono Kiplagat (2:36:22).
The bet was if the Beasts beat Hansons, Kevin and Keith Hanson would have to race a 1-mile run in spikes wearing the Beasts singlet. If the Hansons won, Danny Mackey would run half-marathon in the Hansons singlet. The Beasts men ended up on top with a 2nd place finish to the Hansons' 4th.
The first ever Abu Dhabi marathon is tonight at 9 pm ET. There is a big first place prize ($100,000) and recently minted world half marathon world record holder Abraham Kiptum is going for it and if he breaks 2:04 and wins he'll get $200,000. Find out all of the details here.