Kenenisa Bekele & Tirunesh Dibaba Dominate Great Manchester Run

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AFP

May 18, 2014

Manchester, United Kingdom: Ethiopian athletics legends Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba eased to victory in their respective races in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday.

Bekele, a three-time Olympic gold medallist on the track, raced alongside world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya for much of the 10 kilometres course.

However, the 31-year-old — who indicated he may have an equally glorious career ahead of him in road racing when he won his debut marathon in Paris in April — kicked away in the final 400 metres to finish in a time of 28 minutes 23 seconds.

Kipsang, also fresh from a marathon triumph in London, where he set a new course record, came in five seconds back, while South Africa’s Steve Mokoka was some distance back in third.

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