London 2012: The Return of Tirunesh Dibaba

Tirunesh Dibaba (center) and Meseret Defar (right), will face each other today at 5000 meters Adidas Grand Prix track meet in New York, the first time the two have met in a non-championships race since Berlin in 2006. (Photo: Gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba Kenene (C) of Ethiopia poses with silver medalist Elvan Abeylegesse (L) of Turkey and bronze medalist Meseret Defar of Ethiopia in the Women's 5000m Final at the National Stadium on Day 14 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 22, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Getty Images AsiaPac)

The New York Times

By DAVID GENDELMAN

One of the most anticipated entrants at this year’s Adidas Grand Prix track meet in New York on Saturday is Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, the defending women’s Olympic champion at 5,000 and 10,000 meters and quite possibly the fastest finisher in the history of women’s distance running.

Dibaba, 27, is recovering from shin splints so severe they kept her out of competition every day of 2011 except the last, when she won the San Silvestre Vallecana 10-kilometer road race on New Year’s Eve, in Madrid. Last week, at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., she continued her comeback, running — and winning — her first outdoor track race in almost two years, at 10,000 meters, and she did it in dramatic fashion.

Read more at The New York Times.

Athletics-Results from Diamond League meeting in New York (Reuters)
Meseret Defar joins 5000m field at adidas Grand Prix (Diamond League New York)
Dagmawit Berhane: Ethiopia Getting Ready to Grab Some Olympic Gold (VOR)


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