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Gebrselassie sets record but loses to Kipsiro

by Press Release
Tuesday 28th May 2013
Tags  Bupa Great Manchester Run   |   Bupa   |   Great Runs   |   Haile Gebrselassie   |   Moses Kipsiro   |   Tirunesh Dibaba

Race report: Bupa Great Manchester Run - Sunday May 26, 2013

Double Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Moses Kipsiro had two reasons for celebration after winning the Bupa Great Manchester Run in a sprint finish ahead of Wilson Kipsang.

Kipsiro, on a day when Tirunesh Dibaba claimed the women's title with a course record, fulfilled a childhood ambition by competing against the legendary Haile Gebrselassie. 

On a Sunday morning he will never forget, the Ugandan sped past Kenya's Kipsang for a high profile 10km victory by a second in 27:52. Just as important though was the much anticipated clash with childhood hero Gebrselassie who finished third.

After his first major international road race success, Kipsiro admitted: "It was very interesting and very amazing to run with Haile. When I was young, I always wanted to run with him."

Then despite denying the Ethiopian superstar a sixth success at the UK meeting which attracted an entry of 40,000 runners, he added: "At his age he is still running like us."

Indeed Gebrselassie, who won his first title in 2005 and then on four consecutive occasions beginning in 2009, was brilliantly adding another world record to his already colossal list of 28. The 40-year-old who fell off the pace in the last kilometre produced a World Masters record of 28:00 to supersede the performance of Portugal's Paulo Catarino who clocked 28:51 in 2003.

"Fortunately at least I can go back home with something," joked the world's greatest ever distance runner who failed to deny that he may return next year to regain his crown. "Today was very tough," added the ‘Emperor’ as he is affectionately known after 20 years winning major events around the globe. "This young guy did a very good job on us."

The race saw the trio of Africans go through 5km in 14:08, fighting tooth and nail over the flat and fast course, until Gebrselassie began to labour with less than 2km remaining. His opponents sensing they were going to take what is still regarded as a very high profile scalp then began to pour on the pressure, turning the contest into a two-man race.

Kipsang, the Olympic Marathon bronze medallist, surprised Kipsiro who was the more fleet footed Commonwealth 5,000m and 10,000m champion with the finish in sight by making a determined break for home. For a few seconds it seemed just one month after his latest Virgin London Marathon appearance he was going to spring a shock result until Kipsiro 20m from the line reduced a two metres deficit to grab the win.

"I was not confident to win as I knew it was going to be a very tough competition," said Kipsiro. "I kept telling myself 'push, push,' although I knew I had the kick to win."

After his near miss in the tight finish, Kipsang said: "Almost! I was just thinking of winning. I tried to sprint hard. I knew he's (Kipsiro) a guy who has been running fast on the track."

The 2012 Virgin London Marathon and Bupa Great North Run title winner, added: "It was a good performance for me just a month after a marathon."

Dibaba sets Manchester course record

In contrast to the men’s event, Dibaba never had to extend herself when triumphing by over a minute ahead of Jelena Prokopcuka, the 2005 runner up and Christelle Daunay who placed second two years ago.

After a very slow first kilometre the Ethiopian hit the front and was running well within her ability as she motored to the finish line looking barely out of breath in a new course record of 30:49.

That meeting's first sub-31 minutes performance erased the mark of 31:07 fellow Ethiopian Berhane Adere recorded seven years ago and was a new personal best by 18 seconds. Dibaba, after a fairly sedate halfway time of 15:40, firmly put her foot on the accelerator lifting her pace significantly for a much faster split as she confirmed her pre-race favourite status.

Prokopcuka and Daunay in the latter stages couldn't see Dibaba's back but they stuck diligently to their tasks breaking the finish tape with times of 32:21 and 32:33.

Dibaba missed the Virgin London Marathon explained her slow start, said: "It was a good run for me after the injury. I wanted to warm up my body as there was a wind. But later on I went faster." The three-time Olympic gold champion who will compete over 5,000m in Eugene next weekend, added: "I'm pleased with the time because I am training for the track."

Dibaba is considered to have the credentials to smash Paula Radcliffe's long standing world record figure of 30:21, insisted: "I didn't plan for a world record but in the future gives me good morale for it."

Simon Lawson retained his wheelchair title when soundly beating Phil Hogg who had led for the first 3km by 1min 26sec in a time of 22:34. Stuart Bloor was third in 25:45.

The women's result was much closer with Nikki Emmerson triumphing by two seconds in 31:47 with Lis McTernan following them home in 38:11.

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Men's results

1 MOSES KIPSIRO   00:27:52
2 WILSON KIPSANG   00:27:53
4 STEPHEN MOKOKA   00:28:12
5 SERGIY LEBID   00:28:28
6 SUEHIRO ISHIKAWA Honda 00:28:56
7 JONNY MELLOR Liverpool Harriers & AC 00:29:21
8 MASAKAZU FUJIWARA Honda 00:29:32
9 STEPHEN SCULLION North Belfast Harriers 00:29:48
10 MELES OKBAZGHI Sheffield Running Club 00:29:48


Women's results

1 TIRUNESH DIBABA   00:30:49
4 GEMMA STEEL Charnwood AC 00:33:02
6 HELEN CLITHEROE Preston Harriers 00:33:14
7 KATIE BROUGH Warrington AC 00:34:03
8 ERI HAYAKAWA   00:34:12
9 SUSAN PARTRIDGE Leeds City AC 00:34:20
10 AMANDA CROOK Southport Waterloo AC 00:34:23


Men's results

1 SIMON LAWSON Carlisle Tri 00:22:34
2 PHIL HOGG BWAA 00:24:01
3 STUART BLOOR Stockport Harriers 00:25:45


Women's results

2 JANE EGAN Red Star 00:31:49
3 LIZ MCTERNAN Spalding Tri 00:38:11


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