Five Oromo Women Athletes Battle for Gold Medal Today at 20:05 UK Times

Meseret Defar (left), embraces Dibaba after competing in 5000m heat, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP)

August 10, 2012 ( – Five Oromo women athletes out of 15, in the whole world, have qualified to compete for 5000m gold medal today in 2012 London Olympics at 20:05 London times or 15:05 EDT in US or 22:05 Finfinnee times. While Tirunesh Dibaba, Meseret Defar and Gelete  Burka run for Ethiopia, Shitaye Eshete and Tejitu Daba will represent Bahrain.  Almensh Belete ranked 19th in the first run off and did not qualify. Almensh is a citizen of Belgium. Only those who ranked 1-15 have qualified.

Tirunesh Dibaba is expected to repeat her Beijing long-distance double by adding the 5,000 gold medal to the 10,000 title she won a week ago.    
The world record holder from Ethiopia’s most likely challenger is Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya, who was third in the 10,000 last Friday and is ranked No. 1 in the world this year over 5,000 meters.
Tirunesh will clash also with former olympic winner and world champion Meseret Defar at the 5000 m. Also in the race is former top miler Gelete Burka.
Tirunesh Dibaba’s sister Genzebe had been seen as a favorite for the 1,500 but suffered an injury in the heats. In her absence, Abeba Aregawi carries Ethiopia’s hopes for a first 1,500 gold at 20:55 London times today.
Oromians medals so far
Tirunesh Dibaba Gold in women’s 10,00m
Tiki Gelana Gold in women’s Marathon
Tariku Bekele Bronze in men’s 10,000m
Sofia Assefa Bronze in women’s 3000m steeplechase

Standing below is based on each athlete’s time mark during qualification heats. The battle will begin at 20:05 today.

Rk Bib Athlete
1 1706 Ethiopia DIBABA Tirunesh
2 1703 Ethiopia DEFAR Meseret
3 2333 Kenya KIBIWOT Viola Jelagat
4 1702 Ethiopia BURKA Gelete
5 2327 Kenya CHERUIYOT Vivian Jepkemoi
6 2336 Kenya KIPYEGO Sally Jepkosgei
7 1849 Great Britain BLEASDALE Julia
8 3297 United States of America HUDDLE Molly
9 2881 Russian Federation NAGOVITSYNA Yelena
10 1871 Great Britain PAVEY Joanne
11 2859 Russian Federation GOLOVKINA Olga
12 3281 United States of America CULLEY Julie
13 1258 Bahrain ESHETE Shitaye
14 1256 Bahrain DABA Tejitu
15 2159 Italy ROMAGNOLO Elena