It was defending champ Desisa who really broke the race open just after 25K and made it a two-man duel between he and Berhanu. But in the end, Berhanu was way better as he crushed Desisa over the final mile to win in 2:12:45 to Desisa's 2:13:32. Yemane Tsegay made it an Ethiopian sweep as he held off former champ Wesley Korir for 3rd.
With six guys who have run under 2:05 (more than London), this field is impressively deep. Desisa is a slight favorite but '15 runner-up/Worlds silver medallist Yemane Tsegay, '15 3rd placer Wilson Chebet and Chicago runner-up Sammy Kitwara (2:04:28 pb) are among the many guys looking to take him down. What role, if any, will the meldonium ban play?
The 2015 World Championships start with a bang as world beater Wilson Kipsang, WR holder Dennis Kimetto and Olympic/World champ Stephen Kiprotich lead a field that includes six 2:05 or faster runners and 24 men with sub-2:10 PRs.
This doesn't happen in any other sport. A guy no one anyone has ever heard of (Hayle Lemi), who previously had one international race to his name and not broken 2:10, took home the sports richest prize ($200,000) at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon as Kenenisa Bekele dropped out with hamstring problems that are attributed to an achilles problem.