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Tsigi Gebrselama to race in the PARIS TEN on March 16, 2024

Tsigi Gebrselama to race in the PARIS TEN on March 16, 2024

Tsigi Gebreselama ran 30:04.45 for the 10,000m on the track (June 2023), and she will be racing the PARIS TEN on Saturday, March 16, 2023. We think she will play a massive part in this exciting 25-lap race.

Tsigi Gebreslama is racing the PARIS TEN on Saturday, March 16, 2024. 

The PARIS TEN is an Olympic qualifier for the 10,000 meters.

The qualifying standards are rigid, requiring 27:00.00 for Men and 30:40.00 for Women. The 25-lap race is one of the toughest distances and is much different from the road 10k. It is both mentally tough and requires excellent preparation. In the 10,000m, one knows when they are having a bad race pretty early, and in a great 10,000m race, one has to take the race, one lap at a time. Most top elites will run 3-4 10,000m in a season. Some elites have told me they could race road 10ks each weekend, but racing the 10,000m on the track is a different story.

Tsigi Gebreselama, 2024 RAK Half Marathon, photo by Giancarlo Colombo

The field for this women’s 10,000 has some fantastic runners. Alicia Monson, the American record holder, Jess Warner-Judd, and World Championship bronze medalist Emily Infeld are among the top runners. 

Many have not considered Tsigi Gebreselama. Tsigi is a half-marathon specialist who has run a 10k on the road in 30:28 and 30:04 on the track.

Last year, Tsigi took the silver in the hot and humid World Cross Country Champs in Bathhurst, Australia. At the World Road Championships in Riga, Latvia, Tsigi took 4th in the Half Marathon Champs in 1:07.50.

The winners of the 2024 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon with His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, photo by Giancarlo COLOMBO

At the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon on February 24, 2024, Tsigi Gebreslema took on Peres Jepchirchir, who took first in the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships and defeated all comers, running a PB of 65:14.

Tsigi stayed up front most of the race and broke away from her pursuers with a long stride and focus, putting 30 seconds between her and second-place finisher Arabel Yeshanah, also of Ethiopia.

I was able to do a short interview with the On Athletic Club athlete, who was quite thoughtful and has a beautiful grasp of English, as my Amharic is, well, non-existent.

The winners of the 2024 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon with His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, photo by Giancarlo COLOMBO

What did I learn?

Tsigi loves…

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