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Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba hungry for marathon win after third placed finish

Disappointed: Olympic champion Dibaba won't give up on her marathon dream
Disappointed: Olympic champion Dibaba won’t give up on her marathon dream

by Matt Majendie

Tirunesh Dibaba insists she will not give up on her marathon aspirations until she wins over 26.2 miles.

The three-time Olympic gold medallist, from Ethiopia, made an impressive debut in the London Marathon on Sunday, finishing third behind Kenyan duo Edna and Florence Kiplagat with the third quickest time for a debutante in the race.

Had it not been for a dropped bottle at the final drinks stop, she may well have been in a position to use her trademark sprint to go for the win.

“I’m going back to the track,” said the 28-year-old Dibaba. “But I’m attempting to try the marathon once again as I would like to do that again.

“I don’t want to be second or third, I’ve been first all the time on the track. I want to win the marathon as well one time.”

Despite failing to get the win at her first attempt, Dibaba insisted she was happy to be on the podium but admitted she would be left reflecting on what might have been.

“I’m happy with my result,” she added. “But the only thing I’m disappointed about was losing the water. It fell down and I tried again, so I couldn’t manage my race properly. That disappointed me very much.”

Source: London Evening Standard



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