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Tirunesh Dibaba to make Great Scottish Run debutSeptember 15, 2016
The three-time Olympic gold medallist is to race over the half-marathon distance in Glasgow in October
After her recent third-place finish at the Great North Run, Tirunesh Dibaba will again race over the half-marathon distance as she makes her Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run debut on October 2.
One of the greatest distance runners of all time, Ethiopia’s Dibaba added to her Olympic medal haul in Rio this summer by claiming 10,000m bronze before placing behind Kenyans Vivian Cheruiyot and Priscah Jeptoo in Newcastle earlier this month.
Dibaba’s three Olympic gold medals came in 2008, when she won both 5000m and 10,000m titles, and in 2012, when she triumphed over the 10,000m.
The five-time world track gold medallist will return to Scotland for the first time since 2010 when she competed in the Great Edinburgh XC, while the 31-year-old also won the World Cross Country Championships in the city in 2008.
She will go up against Betsy Saina, who finished fifth in the Olympic 10,000m. The 28-year-old Kenyan won the Great Manchester Run in 2015, with Dibaba taking victory in the same event this year to mark her return to road running after the birth of her first child.
Councillor Archie Graham OBE, deputy leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “We’re really excited to welcome Tirunesh to our city. The Great Scottish Run is a real highlight on Glasgow’s sporting calendar and it’ll be fantastic to see an Olympic champion taking part in this brilliant event.”
Scotland’s largest mass participation running event incorporates both a 10km and half-marathon route that takes runners through some of Glasgow’s best known streets. Starting at George Square in the heart of Glasgow, the course sees runners travel through the city before they enter Glasgow Green and reach the tree-lined finish straight in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument, with the action captured live on BBC television.
The day before also sees the popular ‘Super Saturday’ returning to the city, with a Toddler Dash, Family Mile and Junior Run.
Such is the popularity of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, the event enjoyed a record-breaking number of entries in 2015, with more than 30,000 people taking part across the weekend.
Time is running out to join Dibaba on the start line as half-marathon entries close on Monday September 19. For more information and to enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run see www.greatscottishrun.com.