Dibaba storms to Olympic double – BBC

August 22nd, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba made it an Olympic double after winning the 5,000m on Friday in the Bird’s Nest.

A week after winning the 10,000m, Dibaba sprinted to victory ahead of Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse and defending champion Meseret Defar.

After a sluggish start with nobody willing to push the pace, Dibaba took the lead with two laps remaining to finish with a time of 15:41.40 secs. (more…)

Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba made it an Olympic double after winning the 5,000m on Friday in the Bird’s Nest.

A week after winning the 10,000m, Dibaba sprinted to victory ahead of Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse and defending champion Meseret Defar.

After a sluggish start with nobody willing to push the pace, Dibaba took the lead with two laps remaining to finish with a time of 15:41.40 secs.

It is the first time a female runner has won the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.

Kenya’s world silver medallist Vivian Cheruiyot was the first to lead the way, with Dibaba, 23, Defar and team-mate Meselech Melkamu happy to sit at the back.

It was then the turn of Russia’s Guinara Galkina-Samitova, who set a world record to win the 3,000m steeplechase on Sunday, to turn on the power.

“I will remember the Beijing Games forever because I won two gold medals here” Tirunesh Dibaba

The Russian looked strong at the 3,000m mark, with Defar then lucky to escape a fall after being spiked by Melkamu.

Dibaba then produced a dazzling finish in the 12-and-a-half lap race to claim the first long-distance running double in 28 years.

“I am very happy,” the new Olympic champion said. “I like Beijing very much. I will remember the Beijing Games forever because I won two gold medals here.

“It was quite slow out there. I tried to accelerate three laps before the finish. It’s a big achievement for me.

“When I came from my country, I didn’t think I’d win both titles. I just thought I’d be a good competitor in both events.”

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  1. gemoraw
    | #1

    look what the ORO’S(oromos) did.the hidden treasure of ethiopia and the highest looted of ethiopians region by the woyanes for the benificial of the ignorant kadires.

    we love you homie!!!

  2. | #2

    My sweet little sister has done it again!What a golden achievement from a golden girl!
    My heart swells in great pride.So does the hearts of millions of our compatriots.I am sure that when Tirunesh and her running mates go back home,millions will jubilantly give them heroines’and heroes’welcome.I wish I were there too as part of the welcoming crowd and watch from close ranges the lioness and lionesses of Beijing smiling and waving to their adoring crowd while bedecked with their national costumes and garlanded with the medals of their splendid victory.The atmosphere must be electrifying and the thrill absolutely unique.
    Sadly, Abe Legesse,the Ethiopian-born runner who now runs for Turkey and won silver for that country, will not be part of that great national celebration.She is such a gifted runner and I don’t know what her personal reasons are for representing Turkey rather than her native land.This of course is her private decision and one has to respect that. However,one is tempted to make an observation that if such a decision is taken by monetary consideration alone,that motivation may not necessarily be a fulfilling one.For people of our traditional background in particular,the drive for self-fulfillment may go beyond acquiring money and it may include such things as valuable shared memories,sense of belongingness with and group affirmation by significant others.

    In addition,one may also note that the Ethiopian runners,besides having all these cultural and emotional wealth,may not these days be lacking in material riches either.Unlike the poor Bikilas and Mamo Woldes of the previous era, the present generation of runners,like Haile,Kenenisa,Tirunesh and others,are among the most affluent in their nation.

  3. atuba dolla
    | #3

    Abebe Bikila, Mamo wolde, and others brought priceless victory and pride to Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and in the infinite time into the future, these magnificient athlets shall live in the loving hearts of millions of Ethiopians.

    They storngly believed that their success is their country’s success, and their country’s success is theirs success, thereby, they are remained to be the most loved and decorated heroes of Ethiopia.

    Others, followed the golden footsteps of these greatest athlets of all time and became successful.Ethiopia never been short of producing unique citizens since creation.

  4. Medeksaa
    | #4

    ETHIOPIAS NATIONAL LANGUAGE SHOULD IMMEDIATELLY BE DEMOCRATIZED BY CHANGING FROM AMARA MINORITY (AMHARIC) TO ETHIOPIAS MAJORITY(AFAAN OROMOFFIAA).

  5. | #5

    My brother Atuba Dolla.I agree 100% with what you observed about our earlier athletics heroes such us Abebe Bikila,Mamo Wolde and others.As you rightly comment,they were the true trail blazers.They paved the way for the uninterrupted victories of subsequent generation of Ethiopian runners while also inspiring others in Africa and the third world in general.

    In their case,their motivation was deep and unparalleled love of the motherland as well as great ETHIOPIAN pride.Money was not their prime concern.However,it is sad to think that the country they so loved and whose tri-color they caused to wave higher than the banners of most countries in the Olympic arena, did not pay them back in any tangible form of gratitude. Despite their priceless achievements, they lacked money and were made to live in penury.

    It is so tragic to recall that the great Mamo Wolde who lived in abject poverty, to add insult to injury, was even imprisoned by EPRDF like a common criminal shortly before he died.

    Now,thankfully,times are different and this bad situation is not there any longer. The market place, in particular, allows our present athletes, like our current famous pop-singers, to earn decent incomes enabling them to lead a good life. By God, they deserve this and more!

    P.S My friend Atuba,you may be interested to know that there are a couple of excellent biographies recently published about the very great Abebe Bikila entitled ‘BAREFOOT RUNNER;THE LIFE OF MARATHON CHAMPION ABEBE BIKILA’ by Paul Rambali and Tim Judah’s ‘BIKILA;ETHIOPIA’S BAREFOOT OLYMPIAN‘.

    You can read the review of the two books on TIME magazine August 18 2008 Issue.

  6. atuba dolla
    | #6

    Hello and how are you, Mr. anonymous:

    Many thanks for the books you recommanded to me for a reading;for sure, I will peruse through the books and will also pass onto others for a reading about the greatest Ethiopian, Abebe Bikila.

    All those Ethiopians in heaven and those of great sons and daughters of Ethiopia, God bless you eternally. Amen

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