Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MZAZI DROPS OUT IN DUBAI
Gladwin Mzazi continued to struggle in the early stages of his 42km career, dropping out of the Dubai Marathon in the United Arab Emirates on Friday.
He started well, sticking to a consistent pace throughout the first half and avoiding the leaders up front, who were aiming for a world record.
The 27-year-old athlete went through halfway in 1:05:38, well on target to shatter his personal best of 2:17:43 which he set on debut in Fukuoka in 2014.
He was left on his own for most of the race, however, and he eventually bailed before the 35km mark, failing in his attempt to qualify for this year’s Rio Olympics.
Mzazi had also dropped out of his second marathon attempt in Cape Town last year with a calf injury.
“I just got tired of chasing that big group,” he said after the race.
“Between 20km – 25km I didn’t stick to my pace and I was running sub-three minute kilometres trying to close the gap. I just gave up.
“It’s difficult to run alone from start to finish.”
The lucrative Dubai race was won by Ethiopian Tesfaye Abera, who crossed the line in 2:04:24 to miss the course record by just one second.
Tirfi Tsegaye won the women’s race in 2:19:41, completing the event 10 seconds outside the course record.