UAE's Betlhem Desalegn Belayneh eyeing fourth Dubai Women's Run title on return from injury

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Two-time UAE Olympian Betlhem Desalegn Belayneh is targeting a fourth Dubai Women’s Run title as she is set to return to action next month for the first time in more than a year.

The Ethiopian-born Emirati runner sustained a hamstring injury in Belgium last July, which forced her to withdraw from her 1500m heat at Rio 2016.

Speaking ahead of the Dubai Women’s Run – set to take place on November 17 – the 25-year-old said: “It will be my first time back. I’ve won this race three times and I’m excited to be here. I’m so happy to represent my country.”

Although Desalegn had been sidelined for 13 months, she’s been training away from the track at her base in Addis Ababa.


The four-time Asian champion has moved away from months of gym work to running on the road as she looks to build up her stamina ahead of key races in the new year.










“I was doing some swimming, biking, some physical activation, but now I’m in my routine and it’s going well,” she said.


“I’ve been injured for one year, but it will be my first race back. We are doing running, some speed work and some gym. I’m happy to be back and hopefully to win again.”


On her return to action, Desalegn is aiming for victory in Dubai before turning her focus to preparation for the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in March.


She added: “I always want to win. This is my first race. I hope to run faster than I did before and I’m hoping to see my PB here.”


This year’s run will start off from Marasi Business Bay on November 17.



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Dubai Women's Run returns for its seventh edition on November 17

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The popular Dubai Women’s Run returns for its seventh straight year in Dubai with more than 10,000 women expected to participate this year.

Organised by the UAE Athletics Federation under the patronage of Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the UAE National Olympic Committee, the race will feature a 5km and 10km race for those who take part.

The 2017 instalment will include Kenyan long-distance track and road runner, Tegla Loroupe, who will be one of the elite athletes competing in this year’s run.

Speaking at the press conference at Al Habtoor City Tuesday, UAE Athletics Federation President Ahmed Al Kamali said: “Dubai Women’s Run is taking an important stand this year to uphold the Nation’s agenda to put women empowerment at the forefront in addition to encouraging women to prioritize health and fitness.”

Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) who was also present on the occasion added: “Over the years, Dubai Women’s Run has grown to become a popular event not just in the UAE but across the region.

“The event embodies the council’s goal to create a distinctive sports community to popularize the culture of exercise, physical activities and sports among women and to establish a solid foundation amongst professionals and amateurs.”

Prominent favourite for the 5km title is UAE athlete and three-time Dubai Women’s Run winner Betlhem Desalegn who will return to action after more than a year out due to injury.

She said: “It will be my first time back. I’ve won this race three times and I’m excited to be here. I’m so happy to represent my country.”

“I always want to win… I hope to run faster than I did before and I’m hoping to see my PB here.”

This year’s run will start off from Marasi Business Bay on November 17.

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Mo Farah confirms he will run in 2018 London Marathon after record-breaking Great North Run win

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Britain’s Mo Farah announced he will compete in the 2018 London Marathon after winning the Great North Run for a record-breaking fourth successive year on Sunday.

It will be Farah’s third London Marathon after he took part in the event in 2013 and 2014.

“I can’t wait to start a new adventure racing on the roads in 2018, starting with the world’s greatest marathon,” he said.

“The London Marathon is my home race and it is so special to me. The previous times I have taken part were amazing.”

Just hours earlier, Farah, a four-time Olympic champion, saw off a determined challenge from New Zealand’s Jake Robertson in the closing stages of the Great North Run to finish in a time of one hour and six seconds.

The 34-year-old is the first athlete to win the Great North Run four times in a row.

He is now level in terms of most victories with Kenya’s Benson Masya, who was champion four times in the 1990s.

Farah, who last month finished his glittering track career with a thrilling 5,000m victory at the Diamond League final in Zurich, produced his trademark ‘Mobot’ celebration in Newcastle as he crossed the line.

Robertson was six seconds back in second place, with Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa coming third.

Farah told the BBC after his season-concluding race: “That was really, really tough. I’m sore everywhere – I’ve never been this sore!

“With four miles to go I was just hanging on, gritting my teeth.

“As we got closer, I managed to believe in myself and dig, and I was thinking ‘if I can just sit on him (Robertson), at the end I can sprint’.

“I’m so pleased with how the season has gone. I’ll go on a little holiday with the missus and then come back fresh.

“I’m looking forward to sticky toffee pudding and apple pie!”

Farah won the 10,000m at the World Championships in London in August, his sixth world gold, before losing his 5,000m crown to Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris.

Provided by AFP Sport

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