Tirunesh Dibaba to run Bupa Great North Run

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Ethiopian great Tirunesh Dibaba is the latest big name to be confirmed as an entrant in the Bupa Great North Run.

Dibaba, 28, will return to the roads for the first time since her win at the Bupa Great Manchester Run over 10km in May.

Third race

It will only be the three-time Olympic track champion's third race of the year, after making her marathon debut in London in April.

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The race will see her up against fierce rival Edna Kiplagat. The Kenyan won in London, while Dibaba beat her in the Great North Run in 2012. The fastest woman in the field, though, will be Kiplagat's fellow Kenyan athlete Mary Keitany.


Keitany is a former world record-holder over the half marathon distance, and her personal best of 65 minutes and fifty seconds is much quicker than her fellow competitor's times (66:56 for Dibaba, and 68:48 for Kiplagat).

Also expected to race in the Run is Britain's Mo Farah. The 31-year-old, fresh from winning European double gold in Zurich, will return to the roads to race the 13.1 mile course.

Olympic champion

His main challenge is likely to come from world and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich.

The race will take place on September 7.

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