Dire Tune & Lelisa Desisa win Ottawa 10K titles

Ottawa, Canada – Dire Tune and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the Ottawa 10K women and men’s races here today. Dire and Lelisa received $5,000 each cash bonus for their victories. 

Dire Tune was awarded an additional $5,000 for winning the gender competition prize for crossing the finish line ahead of her male counterparts. 

Women elite athletes started this IAAF Silver Label Road Race 10K 4 minutes and 7 seconds before the male elites, but in the past they were overtaken and beaten to the finish line.

Desisa won the men’s category with a time of 28:08, with fellow compatriot and defending champion Deriba Merga (28:41) and Dereje Tadesse (29:17) finishing third and fifth respectively.

Leading Results –
 1. Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia)           28:08
 3. Deriba Merga (Ethiopia)            28:41 
5. Dereje Tadesse Raya (Ethiopia)     29:17
 1. Tire Dune (Ethiopia)              32:11                         
 2. Rehima Kedir (Ethiopia)           33:27
 4. Emebet Bacha Lencho (Ethiopia)    33:55
 5. Alemtsehay Misganaw  (Ethiopia)   34:00