Debut delight for Tirunesh Dibaba in Great South Run

Tirunesh Dibaba, centre. Picture: Peter Langdown
Tirunesh Dibaba, centre. Picture: Peter Langdown
Jacob O'Hara, left, and Paul Mitchinson leading the charge last year. Picture: Alan Dunk

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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 – 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, finishing fourth in a time of 54.41.