Lelisa Desisa, Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, Wesley Korir and Ross Tucker all weigh in on the issue. Tucker doubts it will happen in the next 20-years; Hall thinks he could happen in two on a treadmill.
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Lelisa Desisa got the win in 60:37 as Puskedra was 4th.
Molly Huddle was the top earner with more than $150,000 in prize money this year; Jared Ward was the top man at $105.166. The Americans are a way behind the top international earners as Ethiopians Aselefech Mergia and Lelisa Desisa earned $307,000 and $275,000 respectively.
“In such competition and in such conditions, everyone is a threat. I won’t be watching Dennis only. I have to keep a close watch on everyone who is running with us.”
On records vs medals: “To win a medal is very important, but to hold the world record is very important, too. There are more medal winners than world record-holders.”
He finished runner-up in both NYC and Dubai, but shared that in NYC at one point he needed to pee but didn't, because he didn't want to let the pack get away from him. He over trained for Dubai as he knew the race would be targeting the 2:04:23 CR or a faster time.
Bobby Mack (7th - 30:27) and Lindsey Scherf (34:22) were the first Americans. *Results
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Desisa talks about how becoming wealthy through prize money hasn't changed him and also reflects on the strange and frustrating actions of the Ethiopian Federation when it comes to choosing their championship teams.
Desisa won Dubai in 2013 in 2:04:45.
Maiyo has a 2:04:56 PR which he set getting 4th place here in 2012 while Kipkemboi ran 2:06:33 in his debut for 6th in last year's race. The last two winners Ayele Abshero (2:04:23) and Lelisa Desisa (2:04:45) will be in the field as well as some other top Ethiopians making their marathon debuts.
2013 Boston Marathon champ Lelisa Desisa ran with the leaders through halfway before starting to struggle and fade.