Tirunesh Dibaba has confirmed she will return to the Great Manchester Run on 22 May, setting up a mouthwatering contest with Gemma Steel and Edna Kiplagat. Dibaba didn’t compete in 2015 after taking the year off to give birth, yet will aim for a treble at Manchester having succeeded in 2013 and 2014.
The North West event will be of vital importance to the Ethiopian’s pursuit of defending her 10,000m title at Rio. Dibaba also stands as the course record holder at Manchester, having ran 20:49 in 2013.
On her return to the race, Dibaba commented: “I'm very excited to return to the Great Manchester Run. I have competed there many times, I have always enjoyed it and it will be the perfect race for me to begin my preparations for winning a gold medal in Rio.”
The Great Manchester Run has established itself as Europe’s largest 10k road race with over 25,000 participants crossing the line last year. 2015 saw Kenyan runners Stephen Sambu and Betsy Saina come out on top in their respective fields in times of 27:30 and 31:49.
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