|« Ethiopia - Homeless Ethiopians Moved Out of Capital||»|
Top Ethiopian distance runner Dibaba pulls out of 5,000m
Tue 28 Aug, 11:57 AM
OSAKA, Japan (AFP) - Reigning world champion Tirunesh Dibaba pulled out of the women's 5,000 metres with stomach pain on Tuesday, ending her bid for a second consecutive distance double.
Dibaba, whose gripping come-from-behind 10,000m win has been a highlight of the world championships, had earlier warned that she was in doubt.
Ethiopia will now be represented by the formidable trio of Meseret Defar, Meselech Melkamu and Gelete Burka.
"I am confident that Meseret, Gelete and Meselech will run very well," said Dibaba through a statement issued by the Ethiopian Athletics Federation.
On Saturday, Dibaba became the first woman to defend the 10,000m title and was on course for a unique double double -- 5,000m and 10,000m at consecutive world championships.
But she has long been troubled by stomach cramps on her right side and fought through the pain barrier as she battled back from last in the 10,000m.
"I've had cramps on and off since I ran cross-country last year so I want to see how it is. It bothered me in the 10,000m and I can still feel it," she told reporters earlier.
"I've already got four gold medals in the world championships and the pain is really going to be the thing that I'm going to decide on after training."
Dibaba's withdrawal opens the door for fierce rival Defar, the Olympic champion and world record-holder.
"If Tirunesh had been in competition it would have been tougher," Defar said.
Dibaba's first world title was over 5,000m in 2003. On Saturday, she stumbled to 50m behind but showed astonishing grit to recover for the win.
Comments are closed for this post.
|<< <||> >>|
«"ethiopian airlines"» adoption agriculture airline airlines athletics aviation business caf china crime diaspora drought dv economy ecx energy eritrea «ethiopian airlines» famine fashion football health ict immigration investment islam it manufacturing media «meles zenawi» migration mobile muslim olympic olympics phone politics power press rail railway religion soccer sport style telecom train visa wikileaks