Genzebe Dibaba Takes Gold at World Junior Championships

Above: Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba took gold in 5000m race
at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada.

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, July 23, 2010

New York (Tadias) – 19-year-old Ethiopian distance runner Genzebe Dibaba has won the women’s 5000m final race at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada.

She finished the race at 15:08.06 – breaking a record set by fellow Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu in 2004.

Genzebe, a member of an Ethiopian running dynasty that includes her sisters the reigning world record holder double Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba and Olympic silver medallist Ejegayehu Dibaba as well as her cousin former Olympic champion Derartu Tulu, was fiercely contested by runner-up Mercy Cherono of Kenya.

“I knew I could pass her with 100m left,” Dibaba told IAAF referring to her Kenyan competition. “I have better speed than her over the last 100m, so I stayed back deliberately.”

“Two years ago, I wasn’t able to succeed, but this year, I’ve worked hard and improved and obtained the gold,” she said.

Cover Photo: Getty Images

8 Responses to “Genzebe Dibaba Takes Gold at World Junior Championships”


  1. 1 Haimanot from blinkgurrl45 Jul 23rd, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Congratulations Genzebe Dibaba – the newsest Ethiopian long distance queen in the making!!! Congrats!

  2. 2 Hamelmal Shiferaw Jul 23rd, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    GO GIRL!!! I’M VERY PROUD OF YOU.

  3. 3 Afro Harlem Chic Jul 23rd, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Gobez Yene Anbesa

  4. 4 Bergude Jul 23rd, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Congratulations Genzebe! Well done Dibaba family! To reach to this stage would not have been easy. Hard-work pays off.

  5. 5 Kebede Abera Jul 24th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    VIVA the Dibaba sisters.

  6. 6 kaleb Jul 29th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    great work genzebe!! you are young so keep it up.

  7. 7 Abebe Aug 11th, 2010 at 6:38 am

    This girl has the potential to become like Tirunesh and even more. I watched her for the first time when she won the junior cross country in Britain. she is a hot athlete…

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