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Ayana-Dibaba1b-Paris15.JPGAlmaz Ayana and Genzebe Dibaba, July 4, 2015, Meeting AREVA, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 5000 meters for women will be on Sunday night. I believe that it could be a bit of a grudge match between Ayana and Dibaba. After their Paris race, they have not been exactly exchanging pleasantries.

But this is about two Alpha athletes competing.

Enjoy the story by Sabrina Yohanes, and then, watch the race!

The pole vault was an example of how this championships is a perfect storm. Take the example of Shawn Barber, a fine young pole vaulter, with strong skill sets and lots of drive. His consistent clearances will continue to win him more and more medals in championships. Lavillenie has had an up and down season. His inability to clear 5.90 meters cost him the only gold medal that he does not possess.

Shawn Barber, at 20, now has the World Championship gold medal.

Oh, Canada! You have a world champion!

Here is fine story by our merry traveler, Cathal Dennehy...

Barber_Shawn1a-LondonDL15.JPgShawn Barber, photo by PhotoRun.net

Coe_Seb-Gala10.jpgSeb Coe, photo by PhotoRun.net

The accolades continue for Seb Coe have continued to come in. RBR writer Jeff Benjamin collected some supportive comments from Joe Falcon, Bill Rodgers, Craig Virgin, Rod Dixon and Joe Newton.

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Joe Kovacs won the first gold for the US in the 2015 World Champs. His shot put victory was hard won, as four different men held the first positon during the competition. Here is how Elliott Denman praised the new gold medalist about his shot put accomplishments.

Dibaba_Genzebe-Paris15.JPGGenzebe Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Genzebe Dibaba ran a race in Paris that showed she would be a threat over the 5000 meter distance. Her swift destruction of Ayana Almaz over the last lap showed just how powerful this Dibaba is. Then, she ran 3:54.11 in Barcelona, and we were, well shocked. Her 3:50.07 was not so much as shocking, as in awe inspiring. Her run down the final stretch showed distress and focus, as she battled the demons that suggest one is not capable of reaching their dreams. On July 17, 2015, Genezebe Dibaba broke the record set by Chinese athletes that many thought would be unbroken, with her 3:50.07.

Sabrina Yohanes, our Ethiopian correspondent (Sabrina writes about everyone, but she has written some fine pieces on Ethiopian athletes for us), wrote this piece on Dibaba and her dreams for Beijing success.

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Joe Falcon (1990) on the bible of the sport, Track & Field News

Jeff Benjamin, one of our long-time writers for American Track & Field, American Athletics and RunBlogRun, interviewed Joe Falcon on his life since his victory in 1990 at the Oslo Dream Mile. It is a nice recollection of a great race! 
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Genzebe Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Genzebe Dibaba wowed the track world with her fine performance in Monaco on July 17. The new World record holder spoke with Sabrina Yohannes about her race, and her desires for Beijing. 

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Dina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dina Asher-Smith has caught on with the British athletics audience naturally. A smiling, normal nineteen year old, who just happens to be one of the most talented sprinters out of GBR is some time, Dina sprints fast, smiles often and enjoys the sport almost as much as her fans.

Steven Mills compared Dina Asher-Smith to the great GBR star, Kathy Cook! Here is his feature! 


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Dina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net

Beren Cross wrote this piece on Dina Asher-Smith, and her fine British record for the 100 meters on Saturday. 

You have seen one of the stars of the 2024 Olympics: Dina Asher-Smith and Candice Hill. 

Enjoy the ride.

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