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Despite fierce competition from athletes from across the region and an impressive series of wins for Ethiopia, Bethlem Belayneh and Alia Mohammad Saeed pulled off a victory in the 2012 Dubai Women's Run's 5km race. The entire event was a huge success, boasting over 400 additional competitors than the previous year.
Runners from Ethiopia dominated the 2012 Dubai Womenís Run 10k, but it was the UAE national team duo of Bethlem Belayneh and Alia Mohammad Saeed who hogged the limelight in the 5km at The Palm Jumeirah on Friday morning.
While Belayneh and Saeed took the top two spots in the 5km, Yami Gulma Belainesh and Elfnesh Dibaba Wako from Ethiopia were third and fourth and Great Britainís Emma Phillips, who had won the 10km race last year, fifth.
Belayneh, who became the first woman athlete to represent the UAE at this summerís London Olympic Games, finished in a modest 16 minutes and 42 seconds, but that was enough to keep her ahead of defending champion and teammate Saeed (16.45).
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