Tola Wins World Championship Marathon; Ethiopia Wins Gold and Silver

By Clay Shaw
Photos by Michael Scott

Eugene, OR, July 17, 2022, World Athletics Championships Oregon 22—Tamrat Tola of Ethiopia made the winning move at 34K and went on to win the marathon without a challenge.  He had put in a 2:43 kilometer and soon easily distanced the world class field, winning by over a full minute in a World Championship Marathon record of 2:05:36.  Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia won a close battle with Bashir Abdi of Belgium, to win silver in 2:06:44.  Abdi, who won Olympic bronze in Sapporo in 2021, earned bronze again in 2:06:48. 

Cameron Levins of Canada took fourth in 2:07:09 and set a new national record. Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya was fifth in 2:07:14.  Seifu Tura of Ethiopia was sixth in 2:07:17, as three Ethiopians finished in the top six.  Defending world champion Lelisa Desisa, also from Ethiopia, dropped out at 28K.  Gabriel Gerald Geay of Tanzania, a popular runner on US roads, was seventh in 2:07:31.

Galen Rupp of the USA and an Oregon native, finished 19th in 2:09:36 and was the final runner under 2:10.  Elkanah Kibet of Colorado Springs was 24th in 2:11:20.  Colin Mickow of Oswego, OR was 46th in 2:16:36. Mickow finished despite taking a bad fall at the 11th kilometer fluid station. 

A huge lead pack of 33 athletes went through halfway in 1:04:08.  Tola ripped through the second half in 1:01:27, a sizable negative split.

Ser-Od Bat-Ochir of Mongolia, running his sixth World Championships Marathon, was the only runner over 40.  He was leading the huge pack at 8K, and finished in a strong 2:11:39. The three-loop course was planned for strong performances without major hills, and with cooperative weather.  54 of the 62 runners finished.

Full results here.

All photos are courtesy of Michael Scott.

Tamarat Tola of Ethiopia is running comfortably in the lead pack. He soon surged away to a commanding lead and a 2:05:34 win. Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Galen Rupp of USA in the mix of a huge lead pack. Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Shumi Dechasa of Bahrain, Daniel Do Nascimento of Brazil, and Hector Garibay Flores of Bolivia, did the leading from 24km to 31km. Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia pushed hard to place second in 2:06:44 and earn the silver. Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Bashir Abdi of Belgium who won the bronze medal in Sapporo at the Olympics, earned a World Champs bronze as well. Abdi finished in 2:06:48. Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Cameron Levins of Canada broke his own national record and finished fourth. The new national record is now 2:07:09. Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya finished fifth in 2:07:14. Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Gabriel Gerald Geay of Tanzania finishes seventh in 2:07:31. Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Isaac Mpofu of Zimbabwe finished tenth in 2:07:56 and set a new national record! Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Galen Rupp of USA ran tough with back pain, and still ran 2:09:36 to place 19th. Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Rory Linkletter of Canada, who led the early miles, finished 20th in 2:10:24. Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Elkanah Kibet of USA ran 2:11:20. Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Ser-Od Bat-Ochir of Mongolia was top master in 2:11:39. Thomas De Bock of Belgium ran 2:11:54. Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Nicolas Cuestas of Uruguay finished 39th in 2:13:52. Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net
Colin Mickow of the USA finished in 2:16:36, despite a wicked fall at a fluid station at 11km. Photo by Michael Scott miscott@att.net



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