Dibaba claims women distance double

Tirunesh Dibaba after the 5000m triumph at the Bird's Nest - photo credit:Xinhua
Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba shrugs off a sluggish start to sprint to an Olympic double after winning the gold medal in the women's 5000m at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in a time of 15:41.40 minutes.

Dibaba, 22, who ran the second fastest 10000m of all time earlier in the week, fell short of her own world record time of 14:11.15 that she set Oslo two months ago, but became the first female runner to have won the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.

Olympics 10000m silver medalist Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey once again took silver, in a time of 15:42.74, while Athens 2004 Olympic gold medalist Meseret Defer claimed bronze with a time of 15:44.12.

Reigning world champion Defar ran 14:12.88 earlier this year in response to Dibaba's world record of 14:11.55.

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