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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.
Health & safety first Tirunesh. I hope your pain will go away soon
You already made history. You make us & your country proud. Thank you…
Either way 5000m gold will be ours. Don’t worry.
hmmmmm, was tirunesh scared of Defar lol no body knows, but i wouldn’t mess with Defar if they pay me a million dollars
Truye , we know how much you want to make us happy, but you have already made us proud and happy, after all you and your health comes first. So pleas don’t push yourself too much.
we gona need you for years to come.
we love you so much…….you diserve a holly day………..
not europian holiday , the Ethiopian one ……the milenium…….
hey ET…. how dare you use the word “scared” for Tiruyee, did she look cowerd yesterday when she distroyed the field? you must be the most synical person alive. piss off , dick head.
As much as I have great respect for Tirunesh, I doubt that she is suffering from any kind of stomach bug. The day she ran 10k, I thought that she would quit the race but to everybody’s amazement not only that she did the opposite but she felt well straight after a mouth full of water. Hummmm, strange. Could this be an excuse to be challenged by the mighty Defar? Whatever is the case, both are the adorable daughters of mother Ethiopia.
Dont worry tiruye u will be alright,
The gold medal is going to us anyway,
Now have fun wathing your team take more
medals, And take care of yourself and again thank u for the gold,
Take care tiruyeeeeee,
Thank you Tirunesh, you already have accomplished your mission and it is time for Meseret Defar and others to put the tri color Ethiopian flag above the others.
What was the name of the guy who called the flg” Cherk"? Got it. It was the dwarf narrow minded, Melese Zenawi.
MESERET DEFAR WILL BRING THE GOLD TO ETHIOPIA.
Tiruye Betam Eniwedishalen,
We are very proud of you and there is nothing to worry you about. I am quite sure that Messeret Defar will secure the gold medal.
BE SAFE, Love you
trust a former distance runner that Tirunesh didn’t simulate or otherwise she has attended an acting course.
As to Meseret and her, they are both able to run a 14:10 on 5000m if they are in good shape. I would like to see them for one time share the pace making since I don’t know of any “regular” pace maker who can go this speed.
LONG LIVE the ETHIOPIAN Athletes who time and time again raise the flag higher then any other. Ethiopia tiqdem!
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