(photo: Meselech Melkamu (left) and Meseret Hailu on JumeirahBeach with the Burj Al Arab Hotel in the background.T aken by: Giancarlo Colombo / photorun.net ) Standard Chartered DubaiMarathonlive on the internet - Meleselech Melkamu and Meseret Hailu are ready to attack the 2:20barrier in Friday’s Standard Chartered DubaiMarathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Race. The respective marathon best performances of the two Ethiopian stars are only eight seconds apart. While Melkamu will be the fastest in the field on Friday with 2:21:01, Hailu’s PB stands at 2:21:09. “We want to run fast, we want to run sub 2:20and we will work together,” said Meselech Melkamu on the eve of the race.
“To run below 2:20is our goal, this is why we have come to Dubai,” said Meseret Hailu, with Meselech Melkamu taking on the role of interpreter. 18 women have so far broken the prestigious 2:20barrier in marathon history. In Dubaithree runners have achieved that feat with the course record standing at Aselefech Mergia’s (Ethiopia) time 2:19:31in 2012.