Ethiopia won gold and bronz in the 5000-meter women final

Meserat Defar from Ethiopia won the gold medal in the women’s 5000m at the London Olympics on Friday in a time of 15 minutes 4.25 seconds.

Vivian Cheriuyot of Kenya was second and Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia was third.

Ethiopian Meseret Defar deprived her teammate and arch-rival Tirunesh Dibaba an Olympic double for a second time when she produced a home-stretch sprint to claim victory in the 5,000m on Friday.

Meseret Defar, who also won the 5,000m at the Athens Games in 2004, timed a relatively slow 15 minutes 4.25 seconds, with world champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya claiming silver in 15:04.73.

Defending Olympic champion and newly-crowned 10,000m gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba, considered the greatest female distance runner of all-time with three Olympic titles and four world crowns, took bronze in 15:05.15.

The world record was set by Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia in 2008 with a marked time of 14:11.15.


The women sprinters of the London Games will compete in one of their last races, eyeing the gold in the 5000-meter finals on Aug. 10 at 3:05 p.m. Eastern Time.

Three Ethiopians will be among the sprinters competing for the gold, along with the record holder herself. Dibaba ranked no. 1 in round one of the 5000-meter run with a time of 14:58.48. The 27-year-old won two gold medals at the Beijing Games in 2008 for the 5000-meter and 10,000-meter. She won the gold again this year for the 10,000 and her win on Thursday will be her second consecutive win for two Olympic events.

Ethiopian Meseret Defar ranked second in round one of the event, which aired Aug. 7. She came in pretty close to Dibaba, clocking in at 14:58.70. The final Ethipoian competing is Gelete Burka, who ranked first in her round one heat but come in fourth in all-around standing for the event.

Three Kenyans will also be competing along with two Americans. Molly Huddle ranked fifth in the second heat during the 5000-meter round one event, but she is the current American record holder in the 5000-meter. This summer marks her Olympic debut . Team USA’s Julie Culley is also running in the finals. Though she also ranked fifth in her heat, Culley won the 5000-meter in the U.S. Trials.

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