With all the focus on Kenya’s dominance in the distance-running world, a bright spot exists for rival Ethiopia. Her name isTirunesh Dibaba and she’s officially back.
Dibaba, who is a double Olympic champion, recently won the 47th San Silvestre Vallecana in Madrid, Spain on New Year’s Eve. This victory was especially sweet for the Ethiopian, because she had been sidelined the past six months due to injury.
In the Madrid race, a 10K, Dibaba edged outfellow Ethiopian Gelete Burka at the tape to win in 31 minutes and 30 seconds. The New Year’s Eve race was the first competition for Dibaba since August of last year and the official beginning of her build-up for the 2012 London Olympics.