Women’s race won by half-marathon debutant

DEBUT SUCCESS ... Tirunesh Dibaba wins the women's 2012 Bupa Great North Run.
DEBUT SUCCESS ... Tirunesh Dibaba wins the women's 2012 Bupa Great North Run.

In the Great North Run women’s race, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba powered to victory on her half-marathon debut.

The three-time Olympic champion and four-time world champion, who became the first athlete to retain the Olympic 10,000 metres title this summer, saw off the challenge of 2011 world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat and 2012 Olympic Games marathon champion Tiki Gelana to claim the victory.

Dibaba finished with a time of 67 minutes 35 seconds, just outside of the symbolic 67-minute mark.

Briton Jo Pavey finished in fifth place, just outside of her personal best.

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