Great South Run: Debut delight for Tirunesh Dibaba

Elite women line up for the start of the 2016 Great South Run

Elite women line up for the start of the 2016 Great South Run

Lachlan Wellington. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Opening night for the Lakeside 5k Series

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It was debut delight for Tirunesh Dibaba as she cruised to Great South Run glory this morning in the elite women’s race.

The Ethiopian great – arguably the greatest distance runner of all time – blew the field apart, leaving rivals in her wake as she crossed the finish line in a time of 51min 49sec.

It was a feat made all the more impressive by the fact Dibaba had not previously run at the 10-mile distance.

Team-mate Senbere Teferi finished more than a minute behind in second place in a time of 52.51, with Elizeba Cherono of the Netherlands third in 53.54.

Lily Partridge was the first British runner across the line in a time of 54.41.

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