Ethiopia and Kenya dominated the Women's 10,000 meter marathon today in London, with Tirunesh Dibaba predictably winning the gold medal. The race was held in Olympic Stadium and was 25 laps long. Dibaba won her victory in just over 30 minutes, 31 seconds, while the Americans were far behind the pack.
The race began with two groups tiered along the track, but they quickly joined into a group. The Japanese women set a quick pace, pulling out into the front of the pack immediately. It was not a wise move, and after a few laps, they faded into the pack just as quickly. Meanwhile, Dibaba stayed within the middle of the pack, biding her time and conserving her energy for the final ten laps.
Soon enough, the top four runners emerged: Kenya's Sally Kipyego and Vivian Cheruiyot pulled out in front, along with Ethiopia's Dibaba and Kindale. For several laps, Kindale led the pack, pulling far ahead, bringing up commentator speculation that she might just win the race. Her sprinting ability, though, couldn't compare to Dibaba's, and she eventually fell back.
Kenya's Kipyego pulled out in front in the last four laps, and they overtook the slowest runners, passing them by like Ferraris whizzing past old station wagons. It was a sight to behold.
The last lap showed the world what Tirunesh Dibaba is all about, as she turned on the superchargers and sprinted past Kipyego to capture the gold medal.