Etalemahu Kidane of Ethiopia completed a hat-trick of wins in the Belfast International Cross-Country meeting at Stormont on Saturday.
Sligo athlete Mary Cullen was sixth in the Stormont race
Another Ethiopian, Teyiba Erkesso, was second with Ireland's Mary Cullen sixth and Belfast's Jill Shannon in 14th.
African 10,000m champion Moses Kipsiro from Uganda won the men's race, edging out former world half marathon winner Fabian Joseph of Tanzania.
Joe McAllister of Belfast club St Malachy's finished 16th.
The top Irish finisher was Donegal athlete Gary Murray who was eighth, one place ahead of Mark Kenneally.
Kidane and her compatriot Erkesso were part of a five-strong group which broke away on the opening lap of the women's race.
However, the Ethiopians were out on their own by lap two with Cullen, Britain's Kate Reed and Kenyan Mary Wacera losing ground.
As was the case in 2005 and 2006, Kidane's sprint finish proved decisive as she held off Erkesso's challenge to win by one second.
Wacera was on her own in third place while Reed battled on gamely to finish a solid fourth.
Top Irish finisher Cullen expressed a tinge of disappointment with her run, which was two places below her position in last year's race.
"I would have hoped to have been a bit closer to Kate Reed but it was not to be," said the Sligo athlete.
In the men's event, the African notables were out on the own by the end of the opening lap and remained in a group of five until Tadesse Tola was surprisingly dropped on lap three.
Kenya's Patrick Musyoki made a bid for victory on the penultimate lap but he was quickly reeled in by Kipsiro and Joseph.
Kipsiro, who was beaten by one second by Barnabas Kosgei in last year's race, proved strongest in the sprint finish with Joseph two seconds behind.
Musyoki took third, just ahead of young Ethiopian star Ibrahim Jeylan while the other Ethiopian Tola took fifth.