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Tirunesh Dibaba is an athlete competing in track and field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for Ethiopia. She is a contender in the women's 5000m and 10,000m.

In 2009, injuries prevented Tirunesh Dibaba from competing in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and the World Outdoor Championships. And in 2011 she ran just one 10km road race on December 31.

Dibaba, competing in her second Olympics in Beijing won two gold medals — one in the 10,000m and one in the 5000m. So did fellow Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele. They became the first teammates to sweep those men's and women's distance events in the same Games.

At the Athens Games in 2004, Dibaba won bronze in the 5,000m. Since then, she has set and then broken the indoor 5,000m world record, tied the world 5K road-race record, won double gold at World Cross-Country and become the first athlete, man or woman, ever crowned World Champion at both 5,000m and 10,000m.

At the Bislett Games on June 6, 2008, Dibaba broke the world record in the 5000m with a time of 14 minutes, 11.15 seconds. The Olympic and world champion, who had never broken an outdoor world mark, improved by more than five seconds the previous record of 14:16:63, set by countrywoman Meseret Defar.

Dibaba has a perfect record competing at the World Championships, having won four gold medals in four career races. In Paris in 2003, she won the 5,000m in a sprint finish over Marta Dominguez of Spain and Edith Masai of Kenya. In Helsinki in 2005, Dibaba produced a blistering finish to out-sprint compatriot Berhane Adere and her own sister Ejegayehu in the 10,000m to become the first woman to win the 10,000/5,000m double at the same Worlds. In Osaka in 2007, Dibaba again utilized her speed to beat Turkey's Elvan Abeylegesse, becoming the only woman to win back-to-back 10,000m titles.

Dibaba's signature style is to win races with her incredible finishing speed. During the final lap of the 10,000m at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, she was clocked over the closing 400m in 58.33 seconds. Dibaba is also a remarkably successful cross-country runner. She has four IAAF World Cross Country Championships victories in her career, including one junior title (Lausanne, 2003), one short-course title (Saint-Galmier, 2005), and two long-course titles (Saint-Galmier, 2005, and Fukuoka, 2006).

At the 2005 World Athletics Championships, Dibaba defeated Meseret Defar in a sprint finish having led much earlier than usual. The win ensured that Dibaba became the first female athlete ever to win both the 5,000m and 10,000m in the same championship. In 2006 she won five out of six IAAF Golden League events (5,000m) in the same season, which earned her a total of $83,333 in prize money.

At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Dibaba was beaten by Defar of Ethiopia and fellow Kenyan Isabella Ochichi in the 5,000m but still won bronze. Remarkably, the result was considered by some to be a disappointment even though at just age 19, Dibaba still became the youngest medalist ever for Ethiopia at the Olympics.

Dibaba, whose first name means, "you are good" in Amharic, was born in the village of Chefe. The fourth of six children raised in the high-altitude Arsi Zone of the Oromia Region, Dibaba moved to Addis Ababa in 2000 and at the age of 14 began her track career. She is part of an athletic family. Her older sister, Ejegayehu, was a silver medalist in the 10,000m in Athens. Their brother Dejene is marked as a future star in the 800m, and their younger sister Genzebe made her professional debut at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York City in 2007. 1992 Olympic champion Derartu Tulu is their cousin.

Dubbed "the wedding of the millennium" to coincide with the end of Ethiopia's millennium celebrations, Dibaba married two-time Olympic 10000m silver medallist Sileshi Sihine tied the knot in a spectacular two-week long wedding ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October 2008.


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Age: 31 years old
Birthday: June 1, 1985
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 104 lbs.
Birthplace: Chefe, Ethiopia
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Current Residence: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Husband: Sileshi Sihine

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