The winning time of 20-year-old Ethiopian Olika Adugna Bikila was not a record for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. Usually the elite athletes run a lot faster than 2:06:15 here.
Still, Dubai is one of the fastest marathons in the world and 11 athletes ran faster than 2:07, which is a record for this race!
There were only 19 seconds between the first place finisher and the eleventh finisher. The marathon was decided in the final sprint of the top 11 finishers. 10 out of 11 ran or matched a personal best.
What spurred these great results?