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Ethiopia - Tirunesh Dibaba wins the Gold in 5000m
Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba just won the gold medal in the 5000m adding to her gold medal in the 10,000m. Tirunesh dibaba becomes the first woman to double gold medals in both the 5000m and 10000m in the same Olympic. Mirtus Yifter is the only other Ethiopian that won the gold medal in both events at any Olympic.
Meseret Defar finished third for the bronze medal and Ethiopia born Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey finished second taking her second Silver medal for Turkey. Meselech Melkamu finished 8th.
G 6 1659 ETH DIBABA Tirunesh 15:41.40
S 3 3045 TUR ABEYLEGESSE Elvan 15:42.74
B 13 1665 ETH DEFAR Meseret 15:44.12
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Dibaba storms to Olympic double
Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba made it an Olympic double after winning the 5,000m on Friday in the Bird's Nest.
A week after winning the 10,000m, Dibaba sprinted to victory ahead of Turkey's Elvan Abeylegesse and defending champion Meseret Defar.
After a sluggish start with nobody willing to push the pace, Dibaba took the lead with two laps remaining to finish with a time of 15:41.40 secs.
It is the first time a female runner has won the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.
Dibaba wins 5,000, completes Olympic double
BEIJING (AP) — Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia has won the 5,000 meters to complete an unprecedented women's Olympic distance double.
Dibaba, the world record-holder, won the 5,000-meter race in 15 minutes, 41.40 seconds on Friday night. It's her second gold of the Beijing Games after her triumph in the 10,000.
The 23-year-old Dibaba also won the 5,000-10,000 combination at the 2005 world championships but only chose to defend the 10,000 in Osaka last year.
Elvan Abeylegesse won the silver. She also finished second in the 10,000.
Ethiopian world champion Meseret Defar took bronze in the 5,000 in 15:44.12.
Ethiopian Dibaba makes history
Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba won the gold medal late on Day 14 at the National Stadium in the women's 5,000 metres, helping her achieve an unprecedented feat.
In a slow race, Dibaba finished in 15 minutes, 41.40 seconds. She won the 10,000 metres earlier in the competition and becomes the first women to win Olympic gold in both races.
Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey won her second silver of the Games, with the other earned in the 10,000. Abeylegesse, who was born in Ethiopia, ran in 15:42.74.
Defending Olympic champion Meseret Defar of Ethiopia won bronze, in 15:44.12.
Ethiopia's Olympic Medals in Women's 5000m
Ethiopia's Olympic Medals in Men's 5000m
Ethiopia's Olympic medals in the Men's 10,000 Meters -
|2008||Kenenisa Bekele||Gold||Beijing||2008||Sileshi Sihine||Silver||Beijing|
|1968||Mamo Wolde||Silver||Mexico City|
Ethiopia's Olympic medals in the Women's 10,000 Meters -
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|1968||Mamo Wolde||Gold||Mexico City|
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