record holder tsegaye mekonnen to compete at scotiabank toronto waterfront marathon

13:00    05 Oct 2018

Tsegaye Mekonnen (R)
Ethiopian long-distance runner Tsegaye Mekonnen has confirmed that he will compete at the 2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

The talented athlete made his marathon debut four years ago stunning running aficionados across the world as a youngster by winning the Dubai Marathon in 2:04:32, the fastest time in history by an U20 athlete.

Still only 23 years old, Mekonnen has confirmed he will race the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on 21 October, thereby earning the distinction of being the fastest entrant to ever run this IAAF Gold Label event.

“It’s been going well and I feel like I am in a good shape right now,” said Mekonnen on the official IAAF website.

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“Toronto is a big race and I’ve been preparing for it. I have spent three months in my build-up and so I hope to run a good race. “I’ve been running at a high altitude – between 2,500-3,000m – so that I could adapt myself to tough conditions and I’ve been running 180-200km per week.”

Since his breakthrough performance four years ago, Mekonnen has shown flashes of brilliance such as his third-place finish at the 2016 Dubai Marathon in 2:04:46 and a 2:07:26 victory at the 2017 Hamburg Marathon.

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