Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba has set her eyes to claim the top honor at the 14th edition of the New Delhi Half Marathon that will be held on Sunday (21) in Delhi, India.
Dibaba will look to extend his red-hot form at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon as she landed here after producing an outstanding time of 2:18.55 at the Berlin Marathon on September 16. She pointed out that Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosge would be her toughest competitor here.
“I started competing at marathons and half-marathons not very long ago, but I want to achieve more in road races. I want to win medals at the World Championship and the Olympics. My previous Olympic gold medals are on the track and my next aim is to win marathon gold in the Olympics. I will try my best to achieve that feat in the 2020 Tokyo,” Dibaba told the press on Friday.
“I have prepared well for Sunday but the race is not going to be easy won. There are so many talented athletes in the field but I will do my best to win. The athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia are very strong. It’s going to be very challenging,” the five time World Championship gold medallist said.
Asked about the secret of her success, the soft-spoken Dibaba said, “I do my training very well and whatever my coach instructs me I follow that blindly. I am very consistent and very competitive and that’s why I am successful.”
Dibaba, who is nick named “Baby Faced Destroyer”, is on her first trip to India and was not much affected by the weather conditions as the pollution level shooting up here in the air.
“The race is going to be early in the morning and I don’t think it is going to be any problem with the weather. The track is no doubt challenging.”