DOC’S ADVICE HANDY
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