Tirunesh Dibaba’s history making mission in Chicago


Three-time Olympic gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba, defending champions Abel Kirui and Florence Kiplagat will line up alongside world record-holder Dennis Kimetto and half marathon world record-holder Zersenay Tadese at the IAAF Gold Label road race on 8 October.
Tirunesh alas baby faced destroyer started 2017 by becoming the third-fastest woman of all time when she finished second in London in 2:17:56. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a five-time world champion on the track and a four-time winner of senior titles at the World Cross. She made her marathon debut in 2014 with a third-place finish in London in 2:20:35. More recently, she took the silver medal in the 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships London 2017. “I’ve always been building to marathons,” she said. “I want to use my 10k foot speed and make history in Chicago).” Tirunesh remarked in a press conference in London.
The two-time world champion Abel Kirui has a personal best of 2:05:04 and finished fourth at this year’s London Marathon in 2:07:45, his fastest time since winning the second of his world titles in 2011.Kimetto also returns to Chicago for the first time since setting a course record of 2:03:45 in 2013 while Florence Kiplagat returns to chase her third title in a row and her fourth podium finish. The 2010 world half marathon champion has a marathon PB of 2:19:44 and held the half marathon world record until earlier this year.
Zeresenay, a six-time world champion on the roads and cross-country, has only finished three marathons. While his official personal best is 2:10:41, the 2004 Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist ran 2:06:51 in the Breaking2 marathon so will be looking to replicate that kind of form in Chicago.