Best race: World Cham­pi­onships, Paris 2003

Athletics Weekly - - Statistics -

IN 2001, Ber­hane Adere had missed out on world gold by four hun­dredths of a sec­ond to Der­artu Tulu in a strange race which only came to life when Paula Rad­cliffe took off in the fi­nal mile.

The 2002 world ath­lete of the year Rad­cliffe was dis­ap­point­ingly miss­ing from Paris, de­spite show­ing world-beat­ing road form a few weeks later, but the pace was fast from the start with China’s Sun Yingjie and then Nether­lands’ Lor­nah Ki­pla­gat set­ting a quick pace with half­way reached in 15:06.53.

The good pace con­tin­ued through­out with Sun surg­ing through a 68-sec­ond penul­ti­mate lap. That could not shake off Adere, who pow­ered past on the last lap and cov­ered the last 200m in 29.9 to set an African record 30:04.18 and go third all-time be­hind Wang and Rad­cliffe.

Even though drop-outs in­cluded all-time greats Tulu and Fer­nanda Ribeiro, the marks be­hind were also ex­cep­tional with best times for places from sec­ond to 16th.

Re­sult: 1 Ber­hane Adere (ETH) 30:04.18; 2 Work­nesh Ki­dane (ETH) 30:07.15; 3 Sun Yingjie (CHN) 30:07.20; 4 Lor­nah Ki­pla­gat (NED) 30:12.53; 5 Alia Zhilyayeva (RUS) 30:23.07; 6 Galina Bo­go­molova (RUS) 30:26.20; 7 Xing Huina (CHN) 30:31.55; 8 Benita John­son

(AUS) 30:37.68; 9 Eje­gayehu Dibaba (ETH) 31:01.17; 10 Je­lena Prokopcuka (LAT) 31:06.14; 11 Kayoko Fukushi (JPN) 31:10.57; 12 Deena Drossin (USA) 31:17.86

Ber­hane Adere: global gold in 2003

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