Meseret Defar Tola wins women’s 5,000

Meseret Defar crossing the finish line to win the women’s 5,000-meter gold medal.

Aug 9, 2012, London, England (Sports Network) – Meseret Defar Tola put in a strong kick as reigning Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba faded on the home stretch, overtaking her Ethiopian teammate to win the women’s 5,000 meters Friday.

Defar completed the race in 15 minutes, 4.25 seconds to earn her second gold medal at the distance. She won the event at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but has been overshadowed in more recent races, including a bronze in 2008.

Dibaba entered Friday’s race as the defending champion and world record holder, and was trying to complete another distance double. She won both the 5,000 and 10,000 in Beijing four years ago, and repeated as 10,000 titlist last week.

The 27-year-old took over the lead with several laps remaining, but could neither break free nor hold her pace. Dibaba was passed by Defar and Kenya’s Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot in the final 100 meters.

Cheruiyot, the reigning world champion, was too far back to catch up to Defar’s final surge and crossed the line in 15:04.73 for silver.

Dibaba held on for bronze, coming in 0.90 seconds slower than Defar.

The women’s 1,500 m 1st and 2nd place winners are Turkish athletes, while the 3rd place is secured by Jamal Maryam Yusuf (aka Zenebech Tola) of Bahrain.  Abeba Aregawi of Ethiopia finished 5th.

Final Ranking of women’s 5,000m

11703EthiopiaDEFAR Meseret15:04.25
22327KenyaCHERUIYOT Vivian Jepkemoi15:04.73
31706EthiopiaDIBABA Tirunesh15:05.15
42336KenyaKIPYEGO Sally Jepkosgei15:05.79
51702EthiopiaBURKA Gelete15:10.66
62333KenyaKIBIWOT Viola Jelagat15:11.59
71871Great BritainPAVEY Joanne15:12.72
81849Great BritainBLEASDALE Julia15:14.55
92859Russian FederationGOLOVKINA Olga15:17.88
101258BahrainESHETE Shitaye15:19.13
113297United States of AmericaHUDDLE Molly15:20.29
121256BahrainDABA Tejitu15:21.34
132881Russian FederationNAGOVITSYNA Yelena15:21.38
143281United States of AmericaCULLEY Julie15:28.22
152159ItalyROMAGNOLO Elena15:35.69