Dibaba lead the stars in Rieti

September 7th, 2008 | by addis portal |

As Beijing double follow-up, another assault on 5000m WR by Dibaba

Rieti has been well-known for the World records in middle and long distance races set on the track of the Raul Guidobaldi Stadium during the past 37 editions.

This year the women’s 5000m will be staged for the first time in the history of the Rieti meeting. In Beijing, Ethiopian distance running legend Tirunesh Dibaba became the first woman in Olympic history to win gold at both 5000 and 10,000m, repeating the feat achieved by her counterpart Kenenisa Bekele. Dibaba, who also won the World Cross Country title in Edinburgh in March and ran the second fastest time in history in the 10,000 metres running 29:54.66 in Beijing, will attack her own World record set in June at the Bislett Games in Oslo where she ran 14:11.15.

Tirunesh will not be the only member of the successful Dibaba family to run in the 5000m in Rieti. Older sister Eyegayehu, world bronze medallist in the 10,000 metres in Helsinki 2005, and 17-year-old Genzebe, world junior cross country champion in Edinburgh and world junior silver medallist in the 5000m in Bydszgosz this year, will line up in Rieti.

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