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2014 Elite Female Runners: Gelete Burka



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    Gelete Burka of Ethiopia wins the 1500m race during the IAAF Diamond League Prefontaine Classic June 4, 2011 at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

    Gelete Burka enters the 2014 Bank of Chicago Marathon with the sixth-fastest personal best time in the field, although her 2:26:03 time is almost 4 minutes slower than the next-fastest competitor.

    But don't let that fool you, because Burka is fairly new to the marathon game.

    Her personal best was clocked this year at the Houston Marathon, so it looks as if there's a lot of room for improvement as she approaches Chicago.

    The Ethiopian runner is a two-time Olympian in middle- and long-distance track races, but never finished on the medal stand.