Eric Kiptanui finishes second in Dubai Marathon

Athletics - Dubai Marathon - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - January 24, 2020 Ethiopia's Olika Adugna celebrates on the podium after winning gold in the Elite Men's Race with Kenya's Eric Kiprono Kiptanui and Ethiopia's Tsedat Abeje who won silver and bronze respectively. [REUTERS)

Eric Kiprono Kiptanui finished second in the Dubai Marathon on Friday.

Kiptanui, who made his 42km debut at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, finished behind Ethiopia’s Olika Adugna Bikila in a time of 2:06:17. Bikila took home Sh10 million.

Ethiopians dominated the race, with 10 of the top 11 finishers, and it was the ninth straight victory for the Horn of Africa country in Dubai.

Kiptanui said that a stomach discomfort slowed him down when it mattered most. The Iten-based runner, however, vowed to try his luck next year.

“The race was good but at 35kms I started feeling a stitch and couldn’t push more. I tried to maintain my pace and at 41kms I pushed a little bit more and managed to finish second.

“The conditions were perfect and I am sure when I come back next year I will win. I am sure I will run a marathon in 2:02 or below in future,” said Kiptanui.

Kiptanui was among Eliud Kipchoge’s 42 pacesetters at the historic INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria, last October. He is ranked sixth in the world in half marathon all-time records.

The 29-year-old Kiptanui won Lisbon Half Marathon in a personal best time of 60:05.