London Marathon: Dibaba Debuts in Loaded Field

TiruneshDibabaLondon Marathon features eight runners who have gone sub-2:25.

By Roger Robinson

Tirunesh Dibaba, the greatest female track and cross-country runner of all time, will run her first marathon at the London Marathon on Sunday.

For the global running audience, the queenly Ethiopian’s presence in London is news as enthralling as Mo Farah‘s debut is for the British public. What will this wondrous runner, who has won five Olympic gold medals with such silken fleetness (and with last laps sub-58 seconds), make of the marathon’s 26.2 arduous miles?

“I’m intensively trained. I received help with the longer runs from my husband, Sileshi Shihine [an Olympic silver medalist at 10,000 meters in 2004 and 2008], and advice from Haile Gebrselassie. I have worked with a marathon training group. I will try my best,” she said Thursday, through an interpreter.

Read more at: Runners World

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