Ethiopia’s Golden Girl: Dibaba Wins Women’s 10000m

From the Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

(BEIJING, August 15) — Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia has won gold and set a new Olympic record in the Women’s 10000m at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 15.

Dibaba’s time of 29:54.66 was enough to break the old record of 30:17.49 set by fellow Ethiopian Derartu Tulu and hold off silver medalist Elvan Abeylegess of Turkey (also born in Ethiopia) who ran a time of 29:56.34. Bronze went to Shalane Flanagan of the United States in a time of 30:22:22.

The world record of 29:31.78 seconds in this event is held by China’s Wang Junxia China, set in 1993. Read More.

The Golden Girl
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Tirunesh Dibaba Kenene celebrates after crossing the line.
(Photo credit: Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

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Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey (born in Ethiopia) and Tirunesh Dibaba Kenene.
(Photo credit: Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

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Tirunesh Dibaba Kenene celebrates. (Photo credit: Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Dibaba planning long-distance double
Reuters

By Sabrina Yohannes

Thursday, August 14, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) – World 10,000-metre champion Tirunesh Dibaba says she expects to run both the 10,000 and 5,000m events in Beijing, hoping to become the first woman to scoop the Olympic distance double.

In 2005 Dibaba became the first woman to win both races at a world championships when she led an Ethiopian podium sweep in both events in Helsinki.

She retained the 10,000 title in Osaka last year after suffering from abdominal pain mid-race but skipped the 5,000 days later.

“My expectation is that I will run both,” she told Reuters after arriving in Beijing. “It’s being said that it’s a little hot here, so the final decision will be made after the 10,000.” Read more at Guardian.

16 Responses to “Ethiopia’s Golden Girl: Dibaba Wins Women’s 10000m”


  1. 1 Dr.Yosef Assefa Hungary Aug 15th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    God bless you Tirunesh !!!! I am very proud of you

    Good luck for the 5000 meter too

  2. 2 aky Aug 15th, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Go Tirunesh Dibaba !! Excellent Job

  3. 3 D. Zewede Aug 15th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!…..You are unbelievable Tirunesh,..What a determination you showed the world up there!!! and you Did it…I am sure Not only Ethiopians are happy at this moment, but Also Africans…Your determination and courage is unbelievable..I am sure you are going to double it next week on the 5000 m..Keep UP the good work Girl..May god help you to achieve your dream next week.

    Bravo,Bravo…

  4. 4 Liku Dawit Aug 15th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Go Tirunesh, you are our hope and our energy!!! Congratulations and I am praying for you to win the 5000 too and become the first women in history to do so! I will pray for you and you will do it!!

    Thank you Tadias for naming her “Ethiopia’s Golden Girl”.

    She is indeed golden.

    God bless Tirunesh and peace to all.

  5. 5 mertolemariam Aug 17th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Way to go Tirunesh. You make us proud.

    Melekam idle lewedeftu. Ye Ethiopia Amlak yirdash.

  6. 6 kiddi Aug 19th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I am more than happy for what Tiruye did, I wish you all the best in your life.

    endakorashen anchinem yakurash.

  7. 7 Tesfaye Guta Aug 21st, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Tiruye, I am proud of you! You are special.

    I hope you will repeat victory in the 5000m and make history in both 5000/10000 meters double race.
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    I wish you all success in your athletics career as well as in your life in general.

  8. 8 KENO Aug 24th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    TURUNESH I really appreciate you. What great history you made behind your former competator, today’s follower Miss.M—-,and I wish you great success in your future career. Thank you. You are too sweat.

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