Ethiopian Show Of Force At Ottawa 10K

Dire Tune returns to Ottawa to defend her title. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Dire Tune returns to Ottawa to defend her title. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Two former Boston Marathon champions are in the mix.

It seems like half the Ethiopian Olympic team has decided to pay the Canadian capital city of Ottawa a visit this week.

They are there to race the Ottawa 10K this Sunday. On the women’s side, 25-year-old Dire Tune leads the way. She has an outstanding track record in Ottawa. Last year, she became the first women in the history of the race to finish first overall. (The women are given a head start and a prize is awarded to the first person to cross the line.) Tune won the 2007 Boston Marathon and was 15th at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She holds the world record for most distance covered in one hour (18.517K).

Expected to give Tune a run for the money is Ejegayehu Dibaba. At 29 years of age, Dibaba is the most experienced in the field. She won silver at the 2004 Olympics in the 10,000m event.

In the men’s race, North American road racing specialist Deriba Merga of Ethiopia hopes to do better than his third-place showing last year. He set the course record with his win in 2009 (27:24).

For More: Ottawa Citizen

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