Ethiopian long-distance runner, Tirunesh Dibaba is looking forward to competing in the 2018 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Sunday 21 October.
The 33-year-old is considered by many to be the world’s greatest female distance runner having won three Olympic gold medals and five world titles on the track as well as four world cross country titles as a senior. She is also the 5000m world record-holder.
In the wake of her third-place finish at last month’s Berlin Marathon – her third run inside 2:19 over the classic distance in the past 18 months – she will be chasing the Ethiopian half marathon record and the course record, in addition to a win which comes with a cheque for USD $27,000.
“After Berlin, I felt good about myself and felt I could still run fast over the half marathon despite the short recovery time,” Dibaba said on the official IAAF website.
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“I didn’t achieve my aims completely in Berlin, although I certainly have to be pleased with my performance, because I went there to win and run faster than my time of 2:18:55.
"There is no better race than the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to make my return to racing. I am excited about coming to India and I look forward to make my presence felt.”
Her compatriot Ababel Yeshaneh – who has been previously announced as running in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon – reduced the Ethiopian half marathon record to 1:05:46 in Copenhagen on the same day that Dibaba was running in the German capital over the full marathon distance.
The Delhi course record has stood since 2009 at 1:06:54 to Kenya’s Mary Keitany but with Dibaba and Yeshaneh in this year’s race, along with a host of other strong runners, this standard must surely be in danger.