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Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia wins in her first half marathon debut
Strong debut and victory for Tirunesh Dibaba at the Great North Run (Mark Shearman)
Newcastle, UK - Tirunesh Dibaba made an immediate impact in her Half Marathon debut with a victory in Sunday’s Bupa Great North Run.
The 26-year-old Olympic 10,000m champion won the race in 1:07:35, the seventh fastest time this year. But more importantly it was one of the fastest Half Marathon debuts ever. For the Ethiopian this was a major step towards a road running career in the Marathon.
Dibaba defeated the marathon World champion Edna Kiplagat (Kenya/1:07:41) and the Olympic Champion at the classic distance Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia/1:07:48), who both ran personal bests as well.
The Olympic Marathon bronze medallist Wilson Kipsang of Kenya took the men’s race in 59:06, the fifth fastest this year. Kipsang just edged out Kenyan Micah Kogo (59:07) while Imane Merga of Ethiopia was third with 59:56. About 40,000 runners started this IAAF Gold Label Road Race, which was run in fine weather conditions.
That is a very nice and well planned transition to Marathon. keep it up!
You are our pride.
Great achievement by one of our best athletes.
You are the best.
The ever fresh, happy and smilly baby face destroyer has done it again. What a great personality. Thank you tiruye for making us proud!!
I’m always proud of you!!
Congratulations Trunesh !
One thing you forgot, I mean you should hold the picture of our late Leader PM Melese’s just to remind the hall world how Ethiopian Atlete missed him. It was a very good moment to share your feelings to ward our great Leader. I’m sure you will do it next time even in Brasil….
Gebru you are an idiot!! They should have buried you with your PM. You don’t have any value being alive!!!!!!!!!!
Belew, you did manage to make me laugh but do note that Gebru has every right to express his feelings and present a suggestion. For that he does not need to die. Anyway the PM has already been buried. This kind of a knee jerk emotional reaction amazes me.
Here we are talking about sport not politics. Ethiopia is not north korea and no need for injecting politics everywhere.
I’m really impressed by her result and she is really the best talented athlete of our time. Her name is going to written with a special ink in the world athletics book. She is number one athlete in Africa with 3 gold & 2 bronze next to Kenenisa Bekele with 3 gold and 1 silver. I wish to bring her husband Silshi to the international competition and make him to follow her wake .
ጥሩዬ ድልሽን ያብዛልሽ ብዬ እመርቅሻለሁ
Well Done The indomitable lioness. BONTU OROMIA Jabaadhu!
Job well done pretty face. Keep on smiling our morning sunshine. Keep it up your postive attitude and your work ethics. Many more victory in future.
No wonder why your parent name you “Tirunesh” yes you are Betam Tirunesh.
Congra Tirunesh! But you do not need to do what one of the commentators comments above:'’One thing you forgot, I mean you should hold the picture of our late Leader PM Melese’s just to remind the hall world how Ethiopian Atlete missed him. It was a very good moment to share your feelings to ward our great Leader. I’m sure you will do it next time'’. Do not hold the picture of the dead person, let his slaves hold it forever.
@ shameless Gebiru!!
If the talkative’s big picture were placed on the ground on the finnishing lines, she could have improved her record by large amount because of the driving force for stamping on his vitiligo (lemtsam’ face.
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