Distance queen Dibaba claims 5000m gold

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Beijing, Aug 23: Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia lapped her competition to win the gold medal in the Women's 5000m at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in a time of 15:41.40 minutes.

Dibaba fell short of her own world record time of 14:11.15 that she set in June this year. Women's 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.

Defar previously held the world record and is a double world indoor champion and former African champion.On Friday, August 15, multiple world champion Dibaba ran the second fastest 10000m of all time at the Beijing 2008 Games.

Former world record holder Elvan Abeylegesse finished a close second to Dibaba in the 10000m and held the 5000m world record in 2004.

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