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Tirunesh Dibaba breaks women's world 5,000-meter record

Tirunesh Dibaba breaks women's world 5,000-meter record

Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia broke the women's world 5,000-meter record with a time of 14 minutes, 11.15 seconds at the Bislett Games on Friday.
Dibaba, an Olympic and world champion who had never broken an outdoor world mark, improved by more than five seconds the previous record of 14:16:63 set by countrywoman Meseret Defar last year at Bislett Stadium. Defar did not enter Friday's race.
It was the 54th world record set at Bislett Stadium _ second only to the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden _ since 1924, and the first since one of athletics' most famous venues was rebuilt four years ago.
Meanwhile, after losing the women's 100 by just 0.01 last year, Sherri Ann Brooks won it on Friday by the same narrow margin.
Running on a hot night in ideal conditions, the Jamaican clocked 11.24 seconds, and Bianca Knight of the United States was second in 11.25. Yuliya Nesterenko of Belarus was third in 11.26.
Last year, Brooks finished second in 11.23 to Stephanie Durst of the United States, who had to settle with sixth (11.48) this time.
Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas won the men's 100 in 9.98, 0.06 ahead of Mike Rodgers of the United States.
World record-holder Gulnara Samitova-Galkina won the women's 3,000 steeplechase in 9:14.77, more than 13 seconds outside the record she has held since 2004.
Samitova-Galkina got excellent pacemaking during the first few laps and was inside the world record after one kilometer. But after taking off alone and building a big lead, she couldn't keep up the pace.
The women's steeplechase became an official event for world records in January 2000, and has been contested only at the last two world championships in 2005 and '07. The women's steeplechase will be held for the first time at the Olympics in Beijing.


Updated : 2021-07-26 04:14 GMT+08:00