Perhaps the most memorable race in 10,000m on track was the battle between two legendary athletes, Kenya’s Paul Tergat and Haile Gebreselassie of Ethiopia, during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in Australia.
Chinese marathon instructor Gesang Ciren, a great admirer of Ethiopian athletes in light of their success on global stages, expressed his hope on Thursday that with similar dedication and hard work, Chinese runners will have the chance to replicate the success.
Ethiopian Biruktayit Degefa retained her title at the Chevron Houston Marathon and came within 14 seconds of the course record, while Kenya’s Albert Korir won a close men’s contest at the IAAF Silver Label road race on Sunday.
Tsehay Gemechu took 15 seconds off Tirunesh Dibaba’s Ethiopian 10km record at the Valencia 10K Ibercaja, while compatriot Chala Ketema Regasa smashed the course record at the IAAF Bronze Label event on Sunday (13).
10,000 meters Olympic Gold Medalist Derartu Tulu has been elected as vice-president of East Africa Athletics Region. The Congress that elected Derartu held its meeting at Capital Hotel, in Addis Ababa this week.