Meseret DEFAR

Meseret Defar - Ethiopia - 2013 Second World Championship 5000m title.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 17 August 2013

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      Saturday, 19 November 1983
      Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Meseret DEFAR - Ethiopia - 2013 Second World Championship 5000m title.

Meseret Defar, the 2012 Olympic 5,000m champion, crosses the finish line in Moscow to win the  women's 2013

World Championship  5,000m race - a title she last  held in 2007 (Osaka). Third in both Berlin (2009) and Daegu (2011)

she could have been forgiven for thinking she was not going to win this particular Championship again.  But not so.

Though it was over five years since she recorded her personal best for the distance  (14:12.88 in Stockholm) her racing

brain and competitiveness remained as strong as ever.


 1  Meseret DEFAR  ETH  14:50.19
 2  Mercy CHERONO  KEN  14:51.22
 3  Almaz AYANA  ETH  14:51.33
 4  Viola Jelagat KIBIWOT  KEN  15:01.67
 5  Buze DIRIBA  ETH  15:05.38
 6  Molly HUDDLE   USA  15:05.73
 7  Shannon ROWBURY  USA  15:06.10
 8  Susan KUIJKEN  NED  15:14.70


As the leaders in the women's 5,000 metres began their last lap ( the bell) the positions were as below,

Almaz Ayana leading from Meseret followed by the two Kenyan's Cherono and Kibiwot - the latter already

out of contention for a medal.