London – Almaz Ayana and Tirunesh Dibaba produced a dazzling run to lead a 1-2 Ethiopian finish in the women’s 10,000m at the IAAF London World Championships here tonight.
Olympic champion Ayana was simply dominant finishing the race in a time of 30:16.33 followed by fellow compatriot Dibaba (31:02.69) , who showed signs of her trademark devastating kick, pulling away from the Kenyan duo of Tirop and African 10,000m champion Alice Aprot to pick silver medal.
“I am very happy to win this title, much more than when I won the Olympic gold because I have been sick this year and didn’t expect it,” said Ayana.
“In fact, this was my first race of 2017.”
Dibaba was far from disappointed with her silver as she has been focussing on road racing.
“I have won many gold medals before but since I became a marathon runner, I only returned to the track for this race,” she said.
“I knew that Almaz was going to run very fast, so if I had followed her, I wouldn’t have won a medal.
“I know my capacity these days because my training for this race was very short,” added the 32-year-old.
|1||3839||Almaz AYANA||ETH||30:16.32 WL|
|2||3840||Tirunesh DIBABA||ETH||31:02.69 SB|
|3||4088||Agnes Jebet TIROP||KEN||31:03.50 PB|
|4||4085||Alice Aprot NAWOWUNA||KEN||31:11.86 SB|
|5||4130||Susan KRUMINS||NED||31:20.24 PB|