Catching Up with Tirunesh Dibaba

Tirunesh Dibaba talked about a variety of subjects – including her love for injera with doro wot and kitfo – in one of the cover articles of the September issue of Running Times magazine, which is on sale at newsstands like Barnes and Noble now. The interview took place in New York before the London Olympics. (Photo: Reuters)

Running Times

By Sabrina Yohannes, Published: September 2012 issue

Beijing double Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia has found a few things to surprise her recently. Walking through New York City’s Times Square in June, she came across a sight that forced her to do a double take. A man — known locally as the Naked Cowboy — was strumming a guitar and posing for photographs clothed in nothing but his underwear, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat. “I was shocked,” said Dibaba afterwards with a laugh. “In the city squares, there are many surprising things.”

While preparing to defend her 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic titles in London, Dibaba also found herself gaining a new perspective on her own achievements, especially after injury caused her to miss most of 2011 and a good chunk of 2010.

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