Berlin Diary 09: Tirunesh Dibaba Will Not Defend in 10,000m, by Larry Eder


Tirunesh Dibaba, Beijing Olympics, August 2008, photo courtesy of

Thursday, August 14, 2009, 10.30 pm, Berlin time ( 3.30 pm Chicago Time)

Tirunesh Dibaba, the Beijing 10,000/5,000 meter gold medalist, Osaka 10,000 meter gold medalist has withdrawn from the 10,000 meter final, to be held on Saturday night, August 15, 2009. This was confirmed by her management. Dibaba experienced an injury in training and has not fully recovered. No details on her decision to run the 5,000 meters, where she won titles in 2003, 2005 at WC and in Beijing in 2008.

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