Sunday, August 12, 2012

Meseret Defar wins women's 5,000m gold medal

meseret defar london 2012 5000m gold
Meseret Defar of Ethiopia clocked 15 minutes, 4.25 seconds to win the women's 5,000 meters gold medal on Friday to become the first woman to take two Olympic 5,000-meter golds.
Kenyan Sally Jepkosgei Cheruiyot claimed silver in 15:04.73 and Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, defending champion, took bronze in 15:05.15.

"I changed my training this season. After the Diamond Leagues I started doing very focused championship training," Meseret told a news conference.
 "I started working on tactics and I've been in very good health, more than ever before and in the race I was able to be a good competitor and get gold.

"Today was a great day for me since not a lot of people had expected me to take the gold medal."
“After eight years I won gold again,” she said. “It’s a great achievement. I feel like I’ve been born again.”

Women’s 5,000m result

 1.   Meseret Defar (Ethiopia)          -   15:4.25

 2.   Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot (Kenya)   - 15:04.73               

 3.   Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia)         - 15:05.15               

 4.   Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego (Kenya)    - 15:05.79               

 5.   Gelete Burka (Ethiopia)            - 15:10.66    
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 (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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