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Ethiopia: Meseret Defar Easily Wins Women's 5000
Source: Runners World
Meseret Defar, the reigning Olympic 5000-meter champion and a world champion back in 2007, would have rated as the favorite in Saturday’s 5000 final in Moscow in any case. But the decision by her Ethiopian athletics federation that Tirunesh Dibaba, who’d won the 10,000 earlier in these world championships, would not double back in the 5000 made Defar’s triumph a near certainty. And so it became, as Defar covered the final 3000 meters in 8:35 and earned gold in 14:50.19. Mercy Cherono of Kenya was next in 14:51.22 and Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia took bronze in 14:51.33.
Kenya’s Viola Kibiwot was fourth in 15:01.67 and Buze Diriba of Ethiopia, expected to be a contender for a medal, never challenged in the second half and was fifth in 15:05.38. Americans Molly Huddle (15:05.73) and Shannon Rowbury (15:06.10) were sixth and seventh. The other American Kim Conley, was back in 12th in 15:36.58.
After a pedestrian first 2-K, in which Poland’s Dominika Nowakowska and Dolores Checa of Spain shared time at the front, the acceleration in pace was abrupt and the eventual top four finishers separated themselves from the rest of the field. Ayana did most of the leading, with Defar was tucked in just behind and ready to pounce when she had to. She took the lead with 200 meters remaining, immediately opening and then extending a gap. Cherono passed Ayana for bronze.
Defar looked like she was capable of much more. A test from Dibaba would almost surely have made for a more compelling 5000-meter final.
Almaz Ayana was a real diamond attacking and controlling the pace, with her selfless act of team work. There is no enough words to appreciate her sacrifice, as she already promised to pave the way for the experienced Messy, who has a great finishing touch.
Congratulations messy! I’m always proud of you.
In a different note, our men’s Marathon team has shown a great performance in a class of their own.
Tadesse Tolla was an indomitable lion who made me proud. And the team in all brought a great result what a country can be proud of.
4 of the top 8 finishers were Ethiopians, and the recipients of the cash prize allocated from first to eighth finishers.
Mind you, no other country has a repeat in the top eight. And in a dominating fashion Ethiopia is team champion.
The green flood, (ARENGUADEW GORFF) is back!!
Kudos to ETV, for making my weekend Saturday morning a bright sun shiny day!
Meseret has made all Ethiopians proud today. She is a shining example of hard work and a repeat champion 6 years later. I hope the young women coming up the ranks will learn as much as possible from her. I will pray that Meseret will continue to make us proud by coaching or taking the next generation under her wings.
As addis zemen correctly pointed out, I thank Almaz for her unselfish run in support of Meseret.
GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA’S RUNNERS
Federation made a mistake not letting Turinesh run the 5000.
They should let the two Ethiopian greats compete for the best. Who knows Turinesh would have doubled just like Farah and take the Media attention from him. Though, I am not disappointed with Mesert winning.
Congurdulations for all the athletes you make all of us and you country proud
Whaou!!!Another GOLD RUSH of our Women Team .What a marvellous event !!!!!
Almaz scarified for the rest Ethiopian to excel in the race and she deserves the admire and hope boys to follow her her foot path in the upcoming athletics games.Coordination among our athletes is most essential and use tactical measures to weaken other contenders to not surpass our competitors in the race and at last win the come for Ethiopia.Meseret Defar,You are marvelous and all Ethiopians love you,Almaz,Tirunesh,Mohammed Aman and all other athletes who participated in this Moscow Athletics game.
God bless you all and Ethiopia
Many thanks for the talented, hardworking, and disciplined athletes who have represented the people and flag of Ethiopia with pride and determination. I believe, the overall result of the athletes is better this time around compared to the result a couple of years ago, but we are still behind Kenya. Mo Farah continued to rule 5k and 10k events, which are traditionally our specialty thanks to Miruts, Hail, Kenenisa and other brilliant athletes of ours. The talent, it seems, is there, but the system in place we have to recruit and train young talents has proved ineffective. The system, athletes say, is corrupt from top to bottom. The nation’s sporting facilities remains to be medieval. Anyone who has watched today’s soccer game between Kidus Giorgis against a north African team knows what i am talking about. The field was turned into mud. As if the nonexistence of proper training facility isn’t enough for our talented athletes, the recruiters favor tribalism instead of talent when they pick athletes for clubs. I invite anyone to listen to DW’s interview for athletes who decided to run for other countries instead of Ethiopia. One particular athlete who was placed 6th in the 10k event representing Bahrain testified that despite her talent, the top athletics clubs in Ethiopia refused her a place in their team only because she can’t speak Oromigna. The fact that the girl actually is from the so called Oromia Kilil in Shewa doesn’t really matter. For the recruiters, speaking oromigna takes precedence over her talent, her Ethiopian citizenship and constitutional right. This is very symptomatic of the problem in the Ethiopian state under tribal woyanes, and I find it absolutely outrageous. Isn’t Amarigna the working language of the country? What the hell oromigna is important for an athlete in a club that is based in the capital of the nation? All the athletes who joined foreign national teams expressed their love to Ethiopia and desire to represent her, but our corrupt and tribal officials and couches made it impossible for them. This and other problems that are rotting the athletics federation must be dealt with sooner than later. It is unacceptable that Mo Farah rules the middle distance events and Kenya continues to beat us handily on most of the remaining competitions. What is the Kenyans doing right that we are not? For a starter they recruit and train better. In the past six or seven years, Mohammad Aman is probably the only promising young talent our system managed to bring forward. In a country like Ethiopia, that is totally shameful. Obviously, nobody has covered the void Kenenisa has left behind, and i am wondering who is in line to replace when Tiruye’s and Messy’s bods starts to slow them down? This is very alarming.
I can’t be more proud of these young very fine ladies. This champion and the one who won the 10K have such pleasant strides that they are so graceful and God given beauties to behold. They gave me so much pride that watching their last bursts into victory was enough to give me pilomotor reflexes and a lump in the throat. Yes..I can brag about them and they gave me such an honor and privilege to do so. I wish them luck and more victories in their future matches. Insha Allah!!!
What’s going on with you dude? Hope you’re not turning to be a puppet for the wanna be opposition diaspora losers.
“she said they rejected her because she didn’t speak oromigna?” did you really believe her? She was 6th in this championship whom ever she represented. Doesn’t that tell you everything about her?
Most Ethiopian runners who want to run for another country are simply using the freedom to travel in modern Ethiopia. And taking advantage of the low standard to represent those countries.
The useless diaspora opposition will pick anything to make noise. What a pity! Stupid people!
Almaz did great for team work, she is very young still learning, please stop saying she sacrificed, she did it for team, Almaz is not sprint finisher still young learning. without mohammed Ali pace making Miruts might not able to finish as he did. so team work as important as individual work.
Some people comments are vague and annoying to my understanding.if one desire to convince the readers he or she needs to include his sources of facts and his personal assessments at the same time.this kinds of approaches are in fact helps more people to read your comment in the future. The Atlantic fedaration is corrupted , they are narrow minded , or they are selfish people and so forth is not enough facts to my understanding. The reader should decide after the facts you presented to them.I believe this should be the right way to teach one another.
The easy way to get an Asylum now days is to say “I can’t speak Oromigna” or saying “i speak Amharic too fluently” will get you an Asylum.
What wonderful performances of young ladies!! All of them are amazing and there will be many who will follow their foot steps to win and fly the beautiful flag again and again.
They boys were also good but they lost because of tactics which was disappointing. Both Gilan and especially G/hiwot did not move to the front in time. They let Farah to go ahead of them while they remained stuck in the middle right to the last round. If they had run next or side by side to Faraha right from the last 1 or 2 rounds they might have beaten him dashing faster at the end like they always do. I am pretty sure they will dominate the games next time around having learnt experiences/skills from these games.
It is beautiful to run in the Ethiopian costume and flying the flag. Aregawi and others in their other countries’costumes were least visible and least attractive.
Long live a prosperous and peaceful Ethiopia
What an ignorant comment.
Swen ,you are talking as a specialist on the matter .Because the way you are using such crap words proves that you were surely one of the soccer players of the Derg Times desapearing from Stadiums ,most of the times squattering US Embassies with the
then famous motto of “SPORT LE PASSPORT “…LOL !!!!!FANDYA BANDA !!! Adgi ,can you explain to
us ,how comes that so many Young men and women ,actually more than the kenyans ,running under Foreign
Colours .While the results on 5000
and 10.000 of the men athletes are so weak .
Good job sis
We always proud of u
We love u
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