DUBAI, UAE – At Friday’s Dubai Marathon, Shure Demise of Ethiopia (born 1996) clocked a new world junior record of 2:20:59. China’s Yingying Zhang held the former mark of 2:22:38, done in Xiamen seven years ago.

Dubai is the venue of both the current world junior records as Tsegaye Mekonnen recorded the men’s mark last year.

The women’s race in Dubai displayed some impressive depth, with seven athletes finishing under 2:23, something that had only happened on three occasions previously; at the 2013 Dubai Marathon, the 2005 Helsinki World Championships and the 2014 Boston Marathon. 

Friday’s race also saw a record 12 women run under 2:25.


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