After a few years of injury problem, back-in-form Beijing 2008 double 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba gets set on track to defend her 10,000m title and to win the first London 2012 athletic gold medal for Ethiopia today 3 August when the Athletics competitions get underway.
27-year old Dibaba set the Olympic record of 29:54.66 (PB) in Beijing and she ran the fastest time of the year in WL 30:24.39 in Eugene 2 months ago.
She also holds the 5,000m world record (14:11.15 Oslo 2008)
Dibaba (ETH) WL 30:24.39
The other strong contender from the 22 starters at the women's 10,000m Final line up will be double reigning 5,000m and 10,000m World champion Vivian Cheruiyot, 29, of Kenya (SB 32:24.52 and PB 30:48.98 Daegu 2011) who has not been beaten for almost two years.
She won the prestigious Laureus awards as the best sportswoman of the year in last February.
Cheruiyot (KEN) SB 32:24.52
IAAF London 2012 - Timetable/Results/Startlist
Results in Beijing 2008:
Gold ---- 29:54.66 (OR) Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)
Silver--- 29:56.34 Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)
Bronze- 30:22.22 Shalane Flanagan (USA)
Results at 2011 World Championships Daegu
Gold ----- 30:48.98 Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)
Silver --- 30:50.04 Sally Kipyego (KEN)
Bronze - 30:53.59 Linet Chepkwemoi Masai (KEN)
OR - 29:54.66 - Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) - Beijing 2008 Aug 15
WR - 29:31.78 - Wang Junxia (CHN) - Beijing 8 Sep 1993
WL - 30:24.39 - Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) - Eugene 1 Jun 2012