DYNAMIC Dibaba to run CAPE TOWN 10K

DYNAMIC Dibaba to run CAPE TOWN 10K

Jacky McClean

In what has to be the biggest coupe in the history of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series and the history of South African road running, the organisers of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K announced today that Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba, arguably one of the best female athletes in the world and holder of four world records and two world bests, will line up on Sunday 15 May 2022.

“We are extremely excited to have Genzebe race in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K on Sunday 15 May,” said Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series. “Since we embarked on this journey in 2015 our goal was always to bring the world’s best to race the best in South Africa on home soil and by bringing out Genzebe, we have been able to secure one of the best athletes in the world. Her CV and pedigree speak for itself. So, we are really excited about her coming to race here in South Africa and are confident that we will see the fastest women’s time ever seen on South African soil.”

Dibaba holds the World Record in the 1500m (3:50.07, run in Monaco on 17 July) as well as four world records on the indoor circuit (mile – 4:13.31; Stockholm 2016/3000m – 8:16.60; Stockholm 2014/5000m – 14.18.86; Stockholm 2015). Since 2012, Dibaba has utterly dominated the world indoor circuit, picking up gold medals in the 1500m (2012/2018), and the 3000m (2014/2016/2018).

Showing just how versatile and lethal she is, Dibaba has won medals on the track and is also a two-time world cross country champion, winning the World U20 titles as a 17-year-old in 2008 and defending that title a year later. In only her second outing on the road, Dibaba won the Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP in 2020, clocking an astounding 65:18 – the 6th fastest time in the world that year.

Now Dibaba brings that versatility and speed to the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K on Sunday 15 May. Boasting a best of 14:48 for the 5km (Carlsbad 2015) and a 14:15.41 in the 5000m (Paris, 2015), Dibaba has all the credentials and ingredients to make a monumental impact over the 10km.

With weather conditions predicted for Sunday as near perfect, minimum temperature of 11 and maximum of 21, no wind and sunny, Dibaba is expected to run the fastest time yet seen on South African soil over 10km. Expect the SA All comers record standing at 31:13 (Elana Meyer, Budapest 2001) to fall as it is anticipated that Dibaba will go under 31minutes and potentially threaten a sub 30min finishing time. At her best pace over the 5km, 2:57/km, Dibaba could come close to the current world record of 29:14, set by Yalemzerf Yehualaw in February this year.

Dibaba is the youngest of the three Dibaba sisters with eldest sister, Tirunesh a three-time Olympic Gold medallist and five-time world champion and second sister, Ejegayehu a silver medallist over the 10 000m in 2004 at the Olympics. Clearly running is in the genes and fireworks are expected from Genzebe on Sunday 15 May.

In a career that spans since 2007 as a Junior Athlete, Genzebe has amassed a total of 20 international medals, 13 of which are gold medals, 5 are silver and 2 bronze medals. Genzebe Dibaba is the most decorated athlete to have set foot on South African soil and her racing at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K is the biggest announcement in the history of South African road running.

Genzebe Dibaba Medals:

Olympics                                                       Silver                   1500m, Rio De Janeiro 2016

World Championships                                Gold                    1500m, Beijing 2015

World Indoor Championships                   Gold                    1500m Istanbul 2012/Birmingham 2018

                                                                        Gold                    3000m Sopot 2104/Portland 2016/Birmingham 2018

Continental Cup                                          Gold                    3000m Marrakech 2014

Diamond League                                         Winner               5000m 2015

World Junior Championships                    Gold                    5000m Moncton 2010

Silver                   5000m Bydgoszcz 2008

World Cross Country Championships:   

Gold                                                             Junior Race 2008 Edinburgh

Gold                                                               Junior Team 2008 Edinburgh

Gold                                                             Junior Race 2009 Amman

Gold                                                             Junior Team 2009 Amman

Silver                                                             Junior Team Bydgoszcz 2008

Silver                                                              Senior Team Punta Umbria 2011

Silver                                                              Mixed Relay Kampala 2017

Bronze                                                          Junior Team Mombasa 2007

Personal Bests:

800m:                                                             1:59.37 Doha 2017

1500m:                                                          3:50.07 Monaco 2015 (WR, AR, NR)

One Mile:                                                      4:14.30 Roverto 2016

2000m:                                                          5:27.50 Ostrava 2014

3000m:                                                          8:21.29 Stanford 2019

5000m:                                                          14:51.41 Paris 2015

5km:                                                              14:48 Carlsbad 2015

Half Marathon:                                           65:18 Valencia 2020

EVENT INFORMATION:  2022 Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series

Date:Sunday 15 May 2022
Start Time:09:00
Start Venue:Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
Finish Venue:Lower Long Street

CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K online entrants can choose to support five local charities:  1. Reach for a Dream (RFAD), 2. help2read, 3. Cotlands, 4. Cape of Good Hope SPCA and 5. Die Burger Kinderfonds.

LIVE BROADCAST: The action of the 2022 Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K will be broadcasted LIVE on Super Sport 209 between 08:30 – 11:00 on Sunday 15 May 2022.

SA ELITE ATHLETE PROGRAMME: The Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series has launched the 2022 SA Elite Athlete Programme aimed at providing South African runners with the opportunity to run world class times on South African soil. The programme is aimed at ensuring that the best South African athletes compete in the Absa RYC Series, against some of the best athletes in the world, and are rewarded for world class performances.

Read more here: https://runyourcityseries.com/latest-news/absa-run-your-city-series-launches-the-south-african-elite-athlete-programme/

PRIZE PURSE: The 2022 Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series boasts a whopping combined prize purse to the value of R870 000. Athletes that form part of the SA Elite Athlete Programme and Contender Programme will also be eligible to win their share in the event prize purse at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K, Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K and Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K. To view the 2022 Absa RYC CAPE TOWN 10K Prize Purse breakdown please visit https://bit.ly/C10KPrizePurseBreakdown

PLEASE NOTE:  The event organisers will at all times adhere to Government Regulations regarding COVID-19.

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