Saturday, June 11, 2005

Ethiopian Women Dominate Track and Field

Dibaba scares WR

Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, who in February broke the indoor world record during the Visa Championship Series' Reebok Boston Indoor Games (14:32.93), on Saturday ran most of the women's 5,000 meters under world outdoor record pace. The world junior record holder and Olympic bronze medalist ran the final mile of the race alone as the muggy weather conditions ultimately took their toll. Dibaba, who on June 2 turned 20, never the less finished in a 2005 world-leading time of 14:32.43. Her sister, Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Ejegayehu Dibaba, was second in 14:46.37 with fellow Ethiopian Sentayehu Ejigu third in 15:09.07.

Big women's 3,000m world leader

Ethiopians Meseret Defar and Werknesh Kidane traded the lead throughout the women's 3,000 meters, with American Shalane Flanagan running solo in third. The Olympic gold medalist at 5,000 meters, Defar took off with 200 meters to go, winning in a world-leading time of 8:33.57.

Meseret Defar from Ethiopia reacts after winng the 3000-meter run at the Reebok/NYC Grand Prix in New York, Saturday, June 11, 2005. (AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel)

Kidane was second in 8:36.39, with Kim Smith of New Zealand (8:54.32) outkicking Shalane Flanagan (8:54.43) for third. Flanagan's time was the fastest time of the year by an American and a personal best.



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