Monday, January 2, 2012

Kenyans beware: Tiru’s back

Tirunesh Dibaba after winning the Africa 10,000 metres title in Nairobi in 2010. “Tiru” is back

Tirunesh Dibaba after winning the Africa 10,000 metres title in Nairobi in 2010. “Tiru” is back after injury. PHOTO/ FILE | NATION 

Madrid

Double Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba returned to racing after a long lay-off with a victory over the weekend.

The Ethiopian star won the 47th San Silvestre Vallecana road race in a close finish over the 10-kilometre road race in 31 minutes and 30 seconds over another top Ethiopian runner, Gelete Burka (31:30).

It was Dibaba’s first competitive race since August, 2010, and the start of her build-up to the London Olympics where she is expected to challenge the Vivian Cheruiyot-led Kenyan galaxy.

Third in the Madrid race was Briton Susan Partridge (32:44) and fourth was home star and 2009 world steeplechase champion, Marta Dominguez (32:49).

In the men’s 10km, the surprise winner was young Ethiopian Hagos Gebrehiwot (17 years old) in 27:57.

He also won a close final metres sprint over Eritrean World Cross Country Championships medallist Teklemariam Medhin (also 27:57).

European Cross Country Championships medallist Ayad Lamdassem was third (28:10) with more home stars following, Chema Martinez fourth (28:34) and Jesus Espana fifth (28:41).

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