Tamirat Tola Wins World Marathon Title in Championship Record

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola is the world marathon champion of 2022 after a comfortable performance at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon today.

The 30-year-old, who won world silver medallist in 2017, finished in 2:05:36 – a championship record, according to the sport’s governing body World Athletics (WA).

His compatriot Mosinet Geremew won a protracted battle for silver, pulling clear of Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Bashir Abdi over the final kilometer to finish in 2:06.44, with the Belgian taking another big bronze in 2:06.48.

“It was a dream come true,” Tamirat told WA. “I learned from my mistake in 2017 (World Championships) and I made sure it did not happen again.”

Five years ago, Tamirat’s attempted run for home 10km from the end was thwarted as Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui overtook him to win gold.

This time there was no faltering on Tamirat’s part as he ran with apparent certainty from start to finish and took off from a largely inchoate procession at 33th kilometers.

By the 34km marker, his lead was seven seconds. At 35km it was 12 seconds, at 36km it was 17 seconds and at 37km it was 26 seconds.

With 5km to go, the gold was gone and the drama of the race resided in which of the chasing group of four – Abdi, Geremew, Cameron Levins and Geoffrey Kamworor – would share the podium.

Tamirat eventually complete that race in time that took more than a minute off the record of 2:06:54 set by Kenya’s Abel Kirui at the 2009 edition in Berlin. 

With a kilometer remaining, Mosinet too made a big move that was as decisive as that of his compatriot, that eventually helped him collect the silver medal, while Belgian athlete Abdi finished third.

Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa was one of eight runners who failed to finish, as he struggled out of contention by the halfway point.

Featured Image Caption: Tamirat Tola wins the world marathon title in a championship record in Oregon (Photo Getty Images)