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the Great ethiopian run International 10k

Sunday November 20th, 2022
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Distance: 10K

TheGreat Ethiopian Run is an annual 10-kilometreroad runningevent which takes place inAddis Ababa,Ethiopia.

The competition was first envisioned by neighbors Ethiopian runnerHaile Gebrselassie, Peter Middlebrook and Abi Masefield in late October 2000, following Haile's return from the2000 Summer Olympics.

The 10,000 entries for the first edition quickly sold out and other people unofficially joined in the race without a number.The creation of the race marked the first time that a major annual 10km race had been held in the country, renowned for producing world class runners.

The day's events include an international and popular 10km race and a 5km women only race.

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the Great ethiopian run International 10k, Race Date: 2022-01-23, Distance: 10k
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 28:23 Gemechu Dida Eth
2nd Male 28:24 Getaneh mola Eth
3rd Male 28:24 Boki Diriba Eth
4th Male 28:30 Moges Tiume Eth
Female 31:16 Yalemzerf Yehualew 22 Eth
2nd Female 31:28 Girmawit Gebrogziabher Eth
3rd Female 31:44 Melekenat Wedu 17 Eth
4th Female 32:05 Gete Alemayehu Eth
Division Time Name Age Home
the Great ethiopian run International 10k

(2022)Twenty-two-year-old Yalemzerf Yehualew opened her 2022 season in spectacular style by claiming a repeat victory at today’s rescheduled 2021 TotalEnergies Great Ethiopian Run 10km.

Her winning time of 31 minutes and 16 seconds was thirty-one seconds faster than her winning time two years ago, as she came home a clear winner ahead of Girmawit Gebregziabiher. In third place was the 17-year old 2021 World Junior 5000m silver medallist Melkanat Wudu, making her first appearance in the international 10km.

The men’s race turned into a much closer race, with 6 athletes still together as they came into the final 500 meters. Gemechu Dida took a surprise victory over former Dubai Marathon champion Getaneh Molla, with less than a second separating the first three athletes. Boki Diriba finished 3rd. Dida’s winning time was 28 minutes and 23 seconds.

Yalemzerf came into the race eager to impress after having to withdraw from the Valencia 10km just two weeks ago. At Friday’s press conference she spoke about her aim of reclaiming the world half-marathon record from compatriot Letesenbet Giday.

Today she ran a clever race, making her break from long-time leader Girmawit just past the 7.5km mark after cresting the hill near the National Palace. At the 9km turn at Urael Church Yalemzerf accelerated dramatically and easily pulled clear of her rival, and looked fresh and relaxed as she cruised into the finish with a winning margin of 12 seconds. She revealed after the race that she was wearing a new pair of shoes which she had received from her agent an hour before the start of today’s race.

In the men’s race, the highest placed non-Ethiopian athlete was Cornelius Kibet Kemboi who finished in 6th place in a time of 28 minutes and 38 seconds. Rodgers Kibet from Uganda was 11th, Shadrack Kipngetich from Kenya was 16th and Samson Amare from Eritrea was 18th.

Both men’s and women’s winners took home cash prizes of 100,000 birr (just over USD $2,000).

A total of 17,600 finished the race. The mass race which started less than ten minutes after the start of the elite races was set off from three approach roads in waves of participants wearing green, yellow, and red t-shirts, the colors of Ethiopia’s flag.

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