Tiki Gelana Joins Newcastle Half Marathon Field

The Olympic gold medalist will compete against her Ethiopian teammates.

The Olympic gold medalist will compete against her Ethiopian teammates. 

The surprise female winner in the marathon at the London Olympics last month, Tiki Gelana has joined a high-class field at the upcoming Bupa Great North Run on September 16 in England.

The race, a point-to-point run from Newcastle to South Shields is one of the largest half-marathons in the world with a 55,000-strong field.

Gelana squares off against Olympic rival Edna Kiplagat who won the World Championship Marathon last year.

“She’s got a very strong half-marathon background, having lowered her personal best from 70:22 to 68:48 as part of her preparations for the Olympic Games, where she ripped apart the field in the final three miles,” said elite athlete coordinator for the Great North Run, Peter Riley.

“Kiplagat is slightly slower by only 12 seconds and having had a bad race in London where she was a disappointing 20th will obviously be looking to bounce back and restore her reputation after the setback,” continued. “But along with [Irene] Jerotich, who didn’t compete in London, it will be great to see the three East African high profile Marathon gold medallists on the start line this year.”

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