Meet Dire Tune, an Ethiopian long distance runner and winner of the Women’s 2008 Boston Marathon. See photos and a biography of Dire below.
Dire Tune won the women’s Boston Marathon this morning, in a dramatic finish where she beat out Russia’s Alevtina Biktimirova by 2 seconds and won herself the biggest money prize for the marathon – $150,000.
It was also the closest finish in Boston Marathon history, where Tune won in 2:25:25. She and Biktimirova were battling it out for first place the last few miles, but after the final turn with just 600 meters left to go, it was Tune who pulled ahead in her last sprint for the finish.
“When I came from my country, I had full confidence of winning this race. I brought everything that I am.”
As a biography, Dire Tune was born on June 19, 1985 in Ethiopia. She has competed in several marathons. She competed in the 2006 World Road Running Championship, where she finished fourth. This helped her Ethiopian team win a silver medal in the team competition. Most recently, Dire won the Houston Marathon in January 2008 with a time of 2:24:40, her personal best.
More photos of Dire Tune, Boston Marathon winner, below.