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.
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