Tirunesh Dibaba To Defend Manchester Title

For more information on the Great Manchester Run, visit greatrun.org/manchester

TRIPLE Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba will return to the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run this month as she looks to achieve back to back victories in Europe’s biggest 10k on Sunday, 28 May.

Dibaba eased to victory in Manchester a year ago in her first race back since the birth of her first son and went on to represent Ethiopia at the Rio Olympics, where she won bronze in the 10,000m – her sixth Olympic medal.

The Ethiopian won back to back gold medals in the 10,000m in Beijing and London to add to her 5,000m gold in 2008, and is also the custodian of five World Championship gold medals.

Nicknamed the ‘Baby Faced Destroyer’, Dibaba won last year’s Great South Run in her debut over 10 miles and finished second in last month’s London Marathon with the third fastest finish of all time, and is looking to make it four victories in Manchester having won in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Last year’s victory saw Dibaba become the most successful female in the history of the event, which this year celebrates its 15th anniversary.

The 31-year-old will be up against British pair Gemma Steel and Katrina Wooton. The duo were involved in last month’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k finishing fifth and fourth respectively.

Sophie Duarte and Christelle Daunay, both of France, will also be involved on the fast and flat race which starts on Portland Street and ends on Deansgate alongside the iconic Beetham Tower.

For more information on the Great Manchester Run, visit greatrun.org/manchester