News : A brilliant Dani Mateo finishes tenth at the Ethiopian marathon festival

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A brilliant Dani Mateo finishes tenth at the Ethiopian marathon festival

Dani Mateo enters smiling at the finish line in Doha / EFE
Dani Mateo enters smiling at the finish line in Doha / EFE

The soriano Dani Mateo, the last Spanish to compete in the Doha World Cups, was ranked tenth with a time of 2h12: 15 in a race from less to more than the third place among Europeans, only behind the British Callum Hawkins, fourth, and the Swiss-born Eritrean- Tadesse Abraham, nineth.

Trained by Enrique Pascual, the coach who led the double world champion Abel Antón, Mateo spent the half marathon in 28th place with 1h06: 43, for km 30 fourteenth with 1h34: 08 and in 40 he was already tenth with 2h05: 22 .

Spain, which has two world champions (Martín Fiz in Gothenburg'95, Abel Antón in Atenas'97 and Sevilla'99), won his last medal in Paris 2003, when Julio Rey was runner-up with the best Spanish brand in this competition, 208: 38), and the last finalist (first 8) in Berlin 2009 with the eighth of Chema Martínez.

Ethiopian double in the Qatari heat

Lelisa Desisa and Mosinet Geremew gave to the Ethiopian athletics a double in the men's night marathon with times from 2h10: 40 and 2h10: 44 after being left alone the head from km 40 of a night something more benign than the previous ones.

The Kenyan Aos Kipruto, with 2h10: 51, won the bronze medal ahead of the British Callum Hawkins, who repeated the fourth place in London 2017.

In a depopulated circuit similar to an immense empty set, the male marathon, the last test that was played in Korniche, next to Doha Bay, departed at 12 at night with 31 degrees and "only" 48 percent humidity, more favorable conditions than the previous day for the 20 km march.

The champion, Geoffrey Kirui, leader of the Kenyan team, aspired, like the Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich to get his second title, something that only Spanish Abel Antón, Moroccan Jaouad Gharib and Kenyan Abel Kirui had achieved to date. There was also the bronze medalist of two years ago, the Tanzanian Alphonce Simbu.

Ayala's ‘carelessness’

It had only been a couple of minutes when Paraguayan Derlis Ayala, who only 13 days ago was fifth in Buenos Aires with 2h10: 27, went ahead and "sucked camera" for a good while. He passed km 5 at 15:06.

Still at km 10 (30:40) Ayala's red-and-white shirt was marching a minute ahead of the first group, but behind the Eritrean Zersenay Tadese, five-time world champion of half marathon, had triggered the hunt.

Ayala's adventure lasted half a run. At km 21 he was caught by the first group, reduced to half a dozen: Tadese, Desisa and Geremew, the Kenyan Kirui and Kipruto and the South African Stephen Mokoka, who spent the middle in 1h05: 56, a moment that the Paraguayan took the opportunity to say goodbye to the race.

Tadese, true to his style, continued pulling until km 25. Kirui relieved him and in 30, which was passed in 1h33: 13, Mokoka. The sextet remained united, until the defender of the title yielded in 32.

A new change of Mokoka in 35 (1h48: 48) left Tadese cut. But behind it was Hawkins, who caught the quartet in 39 and went to the front in 40 (204: 24).

In 41 the three Africans accelerated and Hawkins surrendered, resigned to a new “chocolate medal”. The podium was selected. Desisa, a two-time winner in Boston, attacked thoroughly and could only be followed by his partner Geremew, but a second change led to victory.

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