Ethiopia's Tola takes world marathon gold

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Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola has won the men's marathon at the world championships in dominant fashion, forging clear around 34km and coming home solo to take gold in a championship record two hours, 05.37 minutes.

Taking advantage of relatively cool conditions afforded by the 6.15 am local start time on Sunday, 2017 silver medallist Tola splintered the pack from around the 32km mark with a sustained acceleration.

By 39km, he was safely 46 seconds clear and continued to press all the way home.

Over a minute back, Mosinet Geremew made it an Ethiopian one-two with a second successive silver while Belgium's Somalia-born Bashir Abdi matched his bronze from the Tokyo Olympics.

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