The selectors still foolishly left off Kenenisa Bekele, but they took our advice with the women's squad and added Tirfi Tsegaye and Tigist Tufa to join Mare Dibaba.
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Dibaba faces Berlin/Tokyo champ Tirfi Tsegaye while Koech is up against 2011 world 10,000 champ Ibrahim Jeilan and Alex Oloitiptip (59:28).
Tigist Tufa was a 2:40 marathoner 2 years ago. Now she's London champ.
Former champs Mary Keitany, Priscah Jeptoo and Edna Kiplagat and HM WR holder Florence Kiplagat take on Dubai champ Aselefech Mergia and 2014 World #1, Tirfi Tsegaye.
Tirfi Tsegaye won two majors and is world #1 in a year marred by doper Rita Jeptoo.
Eshetu coaches young runners in the tiny town of Bekoji, Ethiopia. He coached this year's Berlin winner, Tirfi Tsegaye as well as others including Olympic champ Tiki Gelana and all-time greats Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba.
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Shalane Flanagan went for the AR in Berlin, but paid the price the second half. She was rewarded with a PB and the #2 time every by an American and a third place finish as Tirfi Tsegaye and Feyse Tadese went 1-2 with PBs in front of Flanagan. *Video Highlights
2:21 Ethiopian training partners Tirfi Tsegaye and Feyse Tadese along with Shalane Flanagan are all shooting for sub-2:20.
Shalane Flanagan has said that her only goal is to break Kastor's record on Sunday and that everything else -- including winning the race -- is secondary to that. She has a good shot at her first major victory but will have company in the form of 2:21 women Feyse Tadese (Paris CR holder) and Tirfi Tsegaye (Tokyo CR holder, won Dubai in 2013).
Ethiopia's 2:21 runners Feyse Tadese and Tirfi Tsegaye will face Shalane Flanagan on the women's side.