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Tirunesh Dibaba

Full Name: Tirunesh Diababa
Sex:  Female
Born: 1984, (Bekonche, Arsi, Ethiopia)
Event: 3000m, 5000m, Cross- country
Family: Younger sister of team-mate Ejegayehu Dibaba, cousin of Derartu Tulu.

Personal Bests: 


Brussels, Belgium

Berlin, Germany


2nd behind Kenya's Viola Kibiwot in the Junior Women's race at the World Cross-country. 

2nd behind Deena Drossin's world road best in the Carlsbad (California) 5km.

 2nd behind her team-mate Meseret Difar in the 5000m at the World Junior Championships.

2nd behind Worknesh Kidane (whom she had beaten at Carlsbad) in the Great Ethiopian Run. 


Pre-race - Wordl Cross-country - Tirunesh has a good chance of taking the Cross-country title this year, as Viola Kibiwot, the two-time World Junior Cross Champion, has moved up to the senior ranks. That would appear to give Tirunesh, who finished barely a second behind in Dublin, a clear shot at the gold in the Junior Women's race in Lausanne.

But this logical progression was given a jolt in the Ethiopian trials, when Tirunesh was edged in the junior race by the little-known Meselech Melkamu. The next day, however, Tirunesh followed that surprising loss with an even bigger upset of her own, streaking past the strongly favored Worknesh Kidane to take the senior women's 4km.

In Lausanne Tirunesh is listed for both the Junior race and the 4km. Knowing her chances are much better in the former, it's unlikely she'll let the gold escape her this time.

Tirunesh Dibaba won the Women's junior race at the World Cross-country

T Dibaba, World Cross country 2003


Paris World Championships 5km

Tirunesh was the surprise winner of the Women's 5000m at the World Championships in Paris.

Paris World Championships 5km


World Cross Country - Tirunesh Diababa (711) took the silver medal behind Kenya's Edith Masai (746) in the Senior Women's Short Course 4km race on Sunday, in a time of 13:09. Ethiopia took the Team Gold medal with 19 points.


Dibaba breaks 5,000m world record

Tirunesh Dibaba

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba set a new world record in winning the women's 5,000m at the Boston Indoor Games.

Dibaba won in 14 minutes 32.93 seconds to erase the previous world indoor mark of 14:39.29 set by another Ethiopian, Berhane Adera, in Stuttgart last year. 



Tirunesh won the View From International XC in Edinburgh, in a field that would not be out of place at a World Championships.

Norwich Union Grand Prix, Birmingham

Pre-race: Womens 3000m: This distance provided a thrilling race last year, with Ethiopians Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba running the third and fourth fastest times ever and Britainís Jo Pavey setting a new National Record. All three are back this year and Berhane Adereís 8:29.15 World Record will certainly come under threat, with Pavey in with a shout of Elly Van Hulstís European best of 8:33.82.

Dibaba aims for Birmingham date

World 5,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba will follow her success in last weekend's Great Edinburgh Cross Country with a race in Birmingham next month.

The Ethiopian, who triumphed in Scotland on Saturday, has joined a strong 3,000m line-up at the Norwich Union Grand Prix on February 18.

"My win in Edinburgh has given me a real boost," she said. "I ran a personal best in Birmingham last year and, with the strong field, a fast time is possible again this year."

Dibaba will be joined in Birmingham by Olympic 5,000m champion Meseret Defar while Jo Pavey could bid for a European record in the race.


Dibaba storms to world cross gold

Tirunesh Dibaba unleashed a sprint finish to win the women's 8k title at the World Cross Country Championships.

The world 5,000m champion moved away to win in 26 minutes, 34 seconds ahead of Kenyan Alice Timbilili. 

Tirunesh Dibaba wins the world cross country long course title

Dibaba, who smashed the indoor 5,000m record this season, trailed Timbilili and compatriot Isabella Ochichi into the final lap but strode to the front inside the final kilometre.


Norwich Union British Grand Prix, Sheffield

Double world 5,000m and 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba held off the challenge of her sister Ejegayehu to win the 5,000m.

Dibaba had hoped to get close to the world record, but she was hampered by a stomach problem and clocked 14 mins 51.79 secs.



Dibaba storms to Boston triumph

Tirunesh Dibaba devastated the field to clock the second-fastest indoor 5,000m of all-time at the Boston Indoor Games.

The Ethiopian world 5,000m and 10,000m champion won the race in 14 minutes 35.46 seconds - a massive 43 seconds ahead of her older sister Ejegayehu.

Dibaba had been trying to beat her own world record of 14:32.93.

Ireland's Alistair Cragg showed he is coming into form as he took third behind Craig Mottram and Sileshi Sihine in the men's two-mile race.

Cragg had paced the high-quality field for most of the race but was passed with 200m to go as Australia's Mottram won in 8.26:54.

"I wanted to control things the last lap because it's really hard to overtake," said Cragg.

"I relaxed for a step and the two of them caught me."

Meseret Defar just missed out on smashing Berhane Adere's world record as she won the women's 3,000m.

The Ethiopian clocked 8:30.05 and revealed afterwards she had lost her timing during the race.

American Terrence Trammell quickly overhauled Jason Gardener's world-leading mark in the 60m set in Glasgow as he won the Boston race in 6.57 seconds.