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Ejegayehu Dibaba To Debut In Chicago

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 5, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 5, 2011 at 10:45 AM UTC
Ejegayehu Dibaba debuts this weekend in Chicago. Photo: Alafathleticlub,com

She is the older sister of two-time Olympic gold medalist, Tirunesh Dibaba.

Ejegayehu Dibaba debuts this weekend in Chicago. Photo: Alafathleticlub.com

Written by: David Monti
(c) 2011 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

In a surprise announcement onTuesday, officials of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that 2004 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Ejegayehu Dibaba of Ethiopia would make her marathon debut at their race on Sunday.

Dibaba, 29, whose track credentials include two world championships bronze medals, has never competed in a race longer than 10 kilometers, and has raced sparingly over the last two years.  However, she has sterling track speed with career best times of 30:18.39 for 10,000m and 14:32.74 for 5000m.  Dibaba is the older sister of two-time Olympic gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba.

Chicago officials also announced that four athletes had withdrawn from the race: Russia’s Inga Abitova (illness), Ethiopia’s Chala Dechase (illness), Australia’s Benita Willis (injury) and China’s Wei Yanan (injury).

Sunday’s race in Chicago will be the 34th edition of America’s second largest marathon.  Last year’s race recorded 36,159 finishers.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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