Tirunesh Dibaba, Rbk Boston Indoor 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Tirunesh Dibaba stunned the world, when at the age of 18, she defeated the best
women distance runners in the world, winning the World Champs 5,000 meters, way back in
2003 in St. Denis, France. Dibaba has not stopped her drive to become the best women
distance runner in the world. On Saturday, Dibaba will be running the 5,000 meters, hoping
to run, very, very fast. We look forward to her effort!
WORLD RECORD HOLDER DIBABA LEADS 5K AT PRE
Eugene, Oregon–Tirunesh Dibaba is sometimes called the “Golden Girl” for all of the Olympic and World Championships gold medals she has won: 2 in the Beijing Olympics, 2 in the Helsinki World Championships, one each in Paris and Osaka. Five gold medals in World Cross Country races. The 24-year-old Ethiopian is virtually unbeatable when healthy, and she is healthy now, and ready to show why she’s also knowns as “The Baby-Faced Destroyer.”
In her first appearance at Hayward Field in the 36th annual Prefontaine Classic, Dibaba has asked for a very fast pace, possibly fast enough to challenge the meet record of 14:38.73, set two years ago by her arch-rival, Meseret Defar. Dibaba, a 2-time World Record setter in the event, has a lifetime collection of marks that includes more than a dozen times faster than that, topped by her 14:11.15 from ’08.
Hoping to stay with Dibaba on Saturday is American 5k record holder Shalane Flanagan, whose 14:44.80 national standard indicates she can be dangerous. Add in 2010 USA Track & Field 5k champ Lauren Fleshman and 10k titlist Amy Begley, and the race up front should be fun toPl watch.
Some tickets still remain for the Prefontaine Classic, and standing room will be sold once all seats are gone.
5000 METERS (WOMEN) 20
Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia)
Sally Kipyego (Kenya)
Wude Ayalew (Ethiopia)
Julia Howard (Canada)–pace
Eloise Wellings (Australia)–pace