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SPORT: Ethiopia Dominates Men's Marathon in Oregon as Tamirat Tola Bags the Gold.

Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia won the World Championship men's marathon in overwhelming style on Sunday, charging about 34km to finish more than a minute ahead in a championship record time of 2:05:37. Taking advantage of the relatively chilly conditions provided by the 6.15 a.m. local start time, the 2017 silver medalist split the group with a steady acceleration. Thirty-nine kilometers into the race, he was securely 46 seconds ahead and pressed to the finish.

Mosinet Geremew took silver a minute later at 2:06:44, completing an Ethiopian 1-2 for the second World Championship in a row. Bashir Abdi of Belgium, born in Somalia, equaled his bronze medal from the Tokyo Olympics in 2:06.48. All three men ran faster than Abel Kirui's 2003 championship marathon time of 2:06.54 in Paris. However, course variances make marathon championship time correlations hard to make.

The early pace was fast but manageable, and the 30 athletes stayed together until midway. Defending champion, Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, pulled out of the race, followed by former University of Oregon runner Galen Rupp, disappointing the supporters lined the three-lap circuit.

Tola finished the race with the biggest win of his career as he waved hordes of supporters a few hundred meters to the finish line, with only three people chasing behind. Tola remarked after the victory that it was a dream come true for him, citing lessons from the 2017 World Championships as his encouragement.

Cameron Levins of Canada finished fourth in a time of 2:07.09, with Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya finishing in fifth place.

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