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Dibaba wins 5000m gold for historic double

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba won the women's 5000m gold at the Beijing Olympics on Friday for the first long-distance running double in 28 years.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2008 18:40 IST

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba won the women's 5000m gold at the Beijing Olympics on Friday for the first long-distance running double in 28 years.

Dibaba, who last week won the 10,000m, finished in 15min 41.40sec, with Turkey's Ethiopian-born Elvan Abeylegesse claiming silver in 15:42.74.

Defending champion Meseret Defar finished in bronze medal position at 15:44.12.

Dibaba's double is a landmark for women athletes and the first since male compatriot Miruts Yifter's feat over the same events at the 1980 Moscow Games.