Ethiopia's Bekele wins Great Manchester Run

AP, Sunday 18 May 2014

Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia (Photo: Reuters)

Ethiopian distance great Kenenisa Bekele has won the Great Manchester Run, seeing off Wilson Kipsang of Kenya in the 10-kilometer race Sunday.

The 5,000 and 10,000 world record holder, who broke the Paris course record on his marathon debut last month, posted a time of 28 minutes and 23 seconds in the northern English city.

Marathon world record holder Kipsang ended five seconds back in the first ever race between the pair over any distance.

Bekele hasn't lost over 10 kilometers since 2001, when he finished second behind Haile Gebrselassie at the Great Ethiopian Run that year.

World and Olympic 10,000 champion Tirunesh Dibaba eased to victory in the women's race over the same distance to defend her title, finishing in 31:09 ahead of Britain's Gemma Steel.

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