Friday, August 3, 2012

Will Tirunesh Dibaba successfully defend 10,000m title?

ATHLETICS: Women’s 10,000 metres final, Olympic Stadium
Tirunesh won 5,000 and 10,000m double at the Beijing Olympics
 Photo: Getty Images
Tirunesh Dibaba has had a few injury-hit years since winning the distance double at the Beijing Olympics, but the Ethiopian is back in form and ready to defend her 10,000m title.

She won't have it easy though, as double World Champion Vivian Cheruiyot is in the field and the Kenyan hasn't been beaten on the track for almost two years.
Team-mate Sally Kipyego was Cheruiyot's closest challenger at the World Championships last year, and she looks more than capable of making it on to the podium again in London.

Other contenders include Dibaba's team-mates Worknesh Kidane and Belaynesh Oljira, but if anyone can break up the African dominance then perhaps look to Russia's Elizaveta Grechishnikova or European Cup winner Sara Moreira of Portugal.
Source: Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

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