Defar wins 5,000 at world championships

September 2nd, 2007 Print Print Email Email

The Associated Press / September 1, 2007

OSAKA, Japan: Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, the world record holder, won the women’s 5,000 in 14 minutes, 57.91 seconds on Saturday at the track and field world championships. (more…)

The Associated Press / September 1, 2007

OSAKA, Japan: Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, the world record holder, won the women’s 5,000 in 14 minutes, 57.91 seconds on Saturday at the track and field world championships.

Kenyans picked up silver and bronze with Vivian Cheruiyot finishing second in 14:58.50 and Priscah Jepleting Cherono third in 14:59.21.

The Ethiopians swept the first four positions at Helsinki in 2005, but lost some depth when Tirunesh Dibaba decided against defending her title. She complained of stomach spasms during her successful defense of the 10,000 title here.

Japan’s Kayoko Fukushi led for almost three kilometers with Defar right behind her until Cheruiyot took the lead with five laps to go.

Defar took up the front running with two laps to go and kicked with 200 meters to go to hold off the late challenges.

  1. tesema
    | #1

    so many ethiopians are getting gold medal under the leadership of meles zenawi

  2. David
    | #2

    Dear tesema,

    BUT we are losing our trade mark of Ethiopia- Marathon as we lose so many of our identity under your leader!!!! And again, we have only few athletes who are participating.

    Anyway, there is nothing Ethiopia achieved for the past 15 years- think about over 200,000 street children only in Addis and the many million poor all over the country!!!

    A friend of me told me that because hot pepper ( berbara) is now Birr 1200/ 17 kgs, they called the new millennium as “ alechaw millennium”. Because no body is eating “ kaye wote” That is your leader’s achievement.How can the poor live???

    Let our true leaders get a chance!

    Peace, Democracy and Unity for our Ethiopia.

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