A planned marathon world record attempt fell short on Friday morning in Dubai.
Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, who holds the 5,000m and 10,000m world records, was scheduled to run at a pace faster than 2:02:57 for the Dubai Marathon but dropped out shortly after the halfway point. The 34-year-old fell at the start calf cramps for his DNF on Friday.
It was the second time in three years that Bekele has dropped out of the race. In September, he ran 2:03:03 to win Berlin, the second-fastest marathon of all-time on a record-eligible course prompting many to predict that Dennis Kimetto’s world record was under threat. Bekele will also run London in April.