Not only did Bekele loose to Ebuya, he finished fourth, outdistanced by former world junior cross country runner-up Titus Mbishei of Kenya and countryman, and former world 5000m champion, Eliud Kipchoge. Bekele finished an astonishing 36 seconds behind Ebuya. The Ethiopian great blamed the cold weather and lack of training leading up to the race for his poor performance.
Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba claimed her second BUPA Great Edinburgh International Cross Country title over a strong international field. The multiple world record holder, and four-time world cross country champion, ran conservative early on but used a later surge to outdistance the field by ten seconds. Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, the reigning 5000m world champion, finished second and Ethiopian Kalkidan Gezahegn was third. Local favorite Hayley Yelling lead early on, but faded to finish fourth.
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