Dibaba can tackle Paula's 26.2 record...it'll be tough, and require a lot of things to go right but when she's healthy, she and Mezzy are about unbeatable at any distance. Impressive time on a not so easy course.
Even more impressive, her splits were 15:58, 15:25, 15:05!
Hello everybody there was a big article on Tirunesh Dibaba (and a small one on Sihine) in one of the local (Dutch) newspapwers and she also gave several (interpreted) interviews allow me to pick out some tasty tidbits from them...
1) Tirunesh's pacing (done by her younger brother Dejene!) was too slow in the beginning (the first split!) she was also suffering from stomach cramps during the latter part of the race , Tirunesh said that if these things weren't a factor she could have "easily" ran 45:50 (!!!)
2) Tirunesh states that she has gotten used to road-running now but still plans to concentrate on the track until the London Olympics , afterwards she will take a leave from the sport to have (several) children. Eventually she wants to move up to the (half)marathon.
3) Tirunesh feels bad about always beating her sisters and "wishes that they were better".