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Ethiopian Paralympic medallist Wondiye wins Darlington 10k
ETHIOPIAN Paralympic medallist Wondiye Fikre Indelbu continued his winning ways with victory in his first Darlington 10k yesterday.
Indelbu won his fifth northern 10k since arriving on Teesside as an asylum seeker straight after taking silver in the T46 men’s 1500m at the Olympic Stadium last September.
The 25-year-old’s time of 30.10 was his fastest in a 10k since settling in the UK – a minute faster than last month’s victory in Marske’s Victorian 10k and two minutes faster than his performance in the Hamsterley Forest 10k.
Victory in Darlington’s town centre comes seven days after the runner, representing the MS Society, won in York for the Jane Tomlinson 10k.
Indelbu’s winning time was four seconds slower than the course record set by two-time winner Yared Hagos in 2011, who finished a second behind his fellow Ethiopian.
The pair were more than 40 seconds ahead of third-placed finisher Marc Scott, of Richmond and Zetland Harriers, who clocked 30.54, while Durham City Harriers’ Daniel Jenkin was behind him in 31.41.
Women’s course record holder Aly Dixon, who ran 33.38 in 2008, was fastest female for the first time since 2009 with her time of 34.07.
Rosie Smith, who was fastest female in 2010, 2011, and 2012, did not compete.
Middlesbrough AC’s Josephine Stone, in 35.23, was second fastest female, followed by Shona Fletcher, of Richmond and Zetland Harriers, in 36.29.
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