Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - World 10,000m Bronze medallist Ethiopian Sileshi Sihine
won the men’s division of today’s TOTAL Great Ethiopian in a course
record time, while the Dibaba sisters, Tirunesh and Ejigayehou, crossed the
line in that order in the womens race.
Sihine, who this year has also won gold medals in the 10,000m at the
All-African and Afro-Asian Games, beat training partner and last years champion
Gebregziabher Gebremariam, while little-known Mulugeta Wondimu was a surprise
finisher in third place.
Sihines winning time of 29:52.71 was twelve seconds better than the course
record set by reigning double Olympic 10,000m champion Haile Gebrselassie in
the inaugural running of this event two years ago.
The race was devoid of its biggest name after World Marathon record holder
Paul Tergat of Kenya opted not to run at the last minute.
However, after a nervy start with two Ethiopians and two Kenyans leading the
way at the 1.5 km mark, the race began to live up to its reputation as one of
the best road race events in Africa. It was Sihine and Gebremariam leading the
way with the Kenyans Christopher Cheboiboch and Paul Koech also very much
involved in the contest.