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African queens go for gold

NO. 1: Tirunesh Dibaba is the current 10,000m Olympic champion

TWO AFRICAN queens go head to head later tonight (Aug 3) as athletics joins the London 2012 party.

Reigning Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia goes head to head with Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya.

The first track final promises to be one of the races of the London Games with both women at the top of their game.

Dibaba will start as favourite. But the 10,000m and 5000m runner will need to run somewhere near her Olympic record of 29:54:66 to stave off the challenge of her main rival.

The Ethiopian will have many cheering for her. She is one of seven children, she has five sisters including 2004 Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Ejegayehu.

Cheruiyot is the current world champion at both 10,000m and 5000m. She also holds the world cross country title to confirm her status as one of long distance running's greats.

Hosts Team GB will be represented by Julia Bleasdale and veteran John Pavey. But all eyes will be on Africa's finest.

The race gets under way at 9.25pm BST.

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