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
|(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)|