(Bekonche, Arsi, Ethiopia)
5000m, Cross- country
sister of team-mate Ejegayehu Dibaba, cousin of Derartu Tulu.
2nd behind Kenya's Viola
Kibiwot in the Junior Women's race at the World
Deena Drossin's world road best in the Carlsbad (California) 5km.
behind her team-mate Meseret Difar in the 5000m at the World Junior
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
Paris World Championships
Tirunesh was the surprise
winner of the Women's 5000m at the World Championships in Paris.
Paris World Championships
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.
breaks 5,000m world record
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.
the View From
International XC in Edinburgh, in a field that would not be out of place at a
Union Grand Prix, Birmingham
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
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
ran a personal best in Birmingham last year and, with the strong field, a
fast time is possible again this year."
will be joined in Birmingham by Olympic 5,000m champion Meseret Defar
while Jo Pavey could bid for a European record in the race.
storms to world cross gold
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
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
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.
storms to Boston triumph
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.
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,"
"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
The Ethiopian clocked
8:30.05 and revealed afterwards she had lost her timing during the race.
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.