DOC’S AD­VICE HANDY

Athletics Weekly - - News -

MIMI BELETE, who set a women’s course record of 2:22:29 to win the Sco­tia­bank Toronto Water­front Marathon last Sun­day, started run­ning af­ter a doc­tor ad­vised her to be­gin ex­er­cis­ing af­ter a painful dog bite.

Belete was brought up in Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia, but only be­gan rac­ing se­ri­ously when she moved to Bel­gium as a po­lit­i­cal refugee in her mid­teens.

She fin­ished sev­enth in the 1500m at the 2011 IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Daegu, and was elim­i­nated in her 1500m semi-fi­nal at the Lon­don 2012 Olympics and her 5000m heat in Rio four years later be­fore mov­ing to the roads.

Now aged 30 and run­ning for Bahrain, in April this year she bat­tled through a ham­string in­jury to run 2:26:06 for fin­ish third in the Ham­burg Marathon on her de­but at 26.2 miles be­fore an even big­ger break­through in Toronto last week­end.

Mimi Belete (left): good move from track to marathon

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