Tirunesh Dibaba Runs 46:29 15k, new WR! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


Tirunesh Dibaba, Beijing, August 2008, photo by PhotoRun.net.

After injuries ended her Berlin dreams, Tirunesh Dibaba definitely shows that the injuries are over, with her fine debut over 15 kilometers. Running 46:29, Dibaba broke the former world record of 46:55!

Tirunesh Dibaba new 15 km world record

NIJMEGEN (NED, Nov 15): Double olympic winner Tirunesh Dibaba had an excellent 15 km road race debut at 26th Zevenheuvelenloop (Seven Hills Race) in Netherlands. She won and clocked 46:29 and improved dramatically the current IAAF Road Race world record by 26 seconds. Previous mark of Kayoko Fukushi (Japan) from Marugame 2006 was 46:55. Her husband Sileshi Sihine won the men´s race for third time after 2004 and 2007. His time was 42:14, the 6th best in the history of the event. This race has now both world records as Felix Limo clocked here the men´s global mark 41:29 in 2001. 

YOKOHAMA (JPN): Russian Inga Abitova won the inaugural Yokohama Women marathon in 2:27:18 (Ndereba 3rd, Dita 11th)

DUBLIN (IRL): Walker Olive Loughnane was named Irish Athlete of the Year 2009.

LONDON (GBR): Jessica Ennis and Philips Idowu are Athletes of the Year by British Athletics Writers. 

VANCOUVER (CAN): Hurdler Priscilla Lopes-Schliep is Canadian Athlete of the Year 2009

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