Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wilson Kipsang and Tirunesh Dibaba won the Bupa Great North Run

Olympic marathon bronze medallist and world's official second fastest marathon runner, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and Olympic 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia were the winners at the 2012 Bupa Great North Run yesterday.
About 40,000 runners took part in this biggest half marathon race in the world from Newcastle to South Shields, England.

Kipsang won in 59.06, 5th fastest this season, narrowly edging compatriot Micah Kogo in 59:07 and Imane Merga of Ethiopia  came in third in 59:56.

Dibaba won in 1:07:35, 7th fastest this year,  defeating the marathon World champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya who finished second in 1:07:41 while new Olympic marathon Champion  Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia came in third in 1:07:48.

Top finishers (half marathon)
Men [WR 58:23 Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 2010, WL 58:47 Atsedu Tsegay (ETH)]
1) 59:06 - Wilson Kipsang (KEN)
2) 59.07 - MIcah Kogo (KEN)
3) 59:56 - Imane Merga (ETH)

Women [WR 1:05:50 Mary Keitany (KEN) 2011, WL 1:06:38 Florence  Kiplagat (KEN)]
1) 1:07:35 - Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)
2) 1:07:41 (PB) - Edna Kiplagat (KEN)
3) 1:07:48 (PB) - Tiki Gelana (ETH)

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