Tirunesh Dibaba set for Boston return

December 8th, 2006 Print Print Email Email

Bob Ramsak RaceResultsWeekly.com | Dec 8, 2006

Tirunesh Dibaba, who set the world indoor 5000 meter record at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games nearly two years ago, will return to the Boston venue for the competition’s 12th edition on January 27, organizers announced today.

At the meet’s 10th edition on January 29, 2005, Dibaba covered the 25-lap distance at Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center in 14:32.93 to shatter the previous standard of 14:39.29, set by fellow Ethiopian Berhane Adere in Stuttgart almost exactly one year earlier. Dibaba later went on to win both the 5000 and 10,000 meters at the World Championships later that year, the first athlete, male or female, ever to win both titles at the same championships.

Barely 21, Dibaba already has three world cross country titles to her credit, including a double victory at this year’s edition in Fukuoka, Japan, in April. Her battles with compatriot Meseret Defar this past summer were among the highlights of the chase for the IAAF Golden League Jackpot. Dibaba won five of the six races, and later captured the World Athletics Final 5000m title in Stuttgart to cap her season.

In all, 90 Olympic and world champions have competed at the Boston meet since its inception, one of the finest annual indoor competitions in the United States. This year’s meet is again the first stop on USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series.

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