Defar and DibabaEthiopian’s Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba, winners of the recent World Championships 5000 m and 10000 m gold medals, will compete at next month’s Bupa Great North Run after their track successes.

The pair of superstars have been intense and sometimes bitter rivals in international careers extending a decade. They will clash in Britain’s biggest running event from Newcastle to South Shields on September 15.

Their presence in the race, which has attracted 56,000 runners of all abilities, promises to match the quality of the men’s contest featuring the ‘Dream Team’ of fellow Olympic and World champions Mo Farah, Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie.

Defar and Dibaba are both at the experimental stages in their half marathon careers. However, they already have very high profile successes under their belts despite their inexperience over the 13.1 miles distance. Read more at