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Ethiopia - Tirunesh Dibaba broke the Olympic Record in 10,000meters

Ethiopia - Tirunesh Dibaba broke the Olympic Record in 10,000meters

Tirunesh Dibaba wins her first Olympic Gold Medal !!!

Results Women's 10,000m Final
1. DIBABA Tirunesh Ethiopia 29:54.66
2. ABEYLEGESSE Elvan Turkey 29:56.34
3. FLANAGAN Shalane United States 30:22.22
14. DIBABA Ejegayehu Ethiopia 31:22.18
TUFA Mestawet Ethiopia Did not Finish

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Diaba broke the Olympic record today in Beijing finishing first in time of 29:54.66. Ethiopian born Turkish ABEYLEGESSE Elvan finished second followed by American FLANAGAN Shalane.

Dibaba golden in 10,000 meters, breaks 30 minutes

— Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia has won the 10,000 meters in an Olympic record 29 minutes, 54.66 seconds — the second fastest time ever for a woman at that distance.

The two-time 10,000 world champion sat just behind Turkey's Elvan Abeylegesse until the start of the last lap, then went to the front with 350 meters to go.

She surged ahead down the back stretch and finished almost two seconds clear of Abeylegesse, who took silver in 29:56.34. The pair were only the second and third women to break the 30-minute barrier.

Wang Junxia of China set the world record of 29:31.78 in 1993.

Shalane Flanagan set a U.S. record 30:22.22 to win bronze.


Ethiopia’s squad for Beijing 2008

1500m: Derese Mekonnen, Mulugeta Wondimu, Mekonnen Gebremedhin, Demma Daba

3000m Steeplechase: Nahom Mesfin, Roba Gari, Yacob Jarso

5000m: Kenenisa Bekele, Tariku Bekele, Abraham Cherkos, Ali Abdosh

10,000m: Kenenisa Bekele, Sileshi Sihine, Haile Gebrselassie, Ibrahim Jeylan

Marathon: Tsegaye Kebede, Deriba Mergia, Gudisa Shentema, Gashaw Melese


1500m: Gelete Burka, Meskerem Assefa

3000m Steeplechase: Zemzem Ahmed, Mekdes Bekele, Sofia Assefa

5000m: Tirunesh Dibaba, Meseret Defar, Meselech Melkamu, Belaynesh Fekadu

10,000m: Mestawet Tufa, Tirunesh Dibaba, Ejegayehou Dibaba, Wude Ayalew

Marathon: Gete Wami, Berhane Adere, Bezunesh Bekele, Dire Tune

Boxing [Men's Flyweight (51kg)]: Molla Getachew

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