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Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba Wins Women's Marathon Gold In Beijing

Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba wins women's marathon gold in Beijing

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Updated Aug 30, 2015

Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba triumphed in the women's marathon following a sprint finish at the world athletics championships in Beijing.

Mare edged out Kenyan Helah Kiprop in the home straight inside the Bird's Nest to win by just one second in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 35 seconds.

Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain claimed bronze in 2:27.39 in a remarkable race in which the top four finished inside seven seconds of each other.

The 25-year-old Mare patiently waited for the right time to make her move, constantly checking her watch before breaking away in the shadow of the Bird's Nest in Beijing. Dibaba finished in two hours 27 minutes 35 seconds, edging Kiprop by one second in the closest women's marathon finish ever at the worlds. Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain earned the bronze.

"No pace is bad. When everybody goes, you go," Mare said through a translator. "I had to wait for it. Finally, I kicked."

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