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Dibaba wins 10,000m title with final blast

Awesome display of speed lands champion her third world crown as others fall in her wake

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 August, 2013, 3:55am

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba bided her time before letting loose on the final lap with an awesome display of speed to complete a hat-trick of world championship 10,000 metres titles.

Olympic champion Dibaba, who is unbeaten in her 11 outings over the distance, won in 30:43.35.

Kenya's Gladys Cherono was second in 30:45.17 and fast-finishing Ethiopian Belaynesh Oljira pipped Emily Chebet for bronze in 30:46.98.

The half-full stadium got behind the petite runner known as the baby-faced destroyer and cheered her to the line but one person was not at Luzhniki to watch Dibaba's latest triumph.

"My sister [1,500m runner Genzebe Dibaba] did her heats this morning and wanted to watch me in the stadium tonight but I refused and told her to watch it in the hotel because she needs some rest," Dibaba said. "I have not decided if I will watch her here or if I will fly home."

Dibaba will not add the 5,000m to her medal tally in Moscow, despite being entered for the race.

"I am not disappointed that I will not run the double because we have many young talents and they need their chance too," she said.

Arguably the greatest women's distance runner, the win gave Dibaba her fifth career world title after winning the 5,000m in 2003, the 10,000m in 2007 and both at the 2005 worlds.

Long-time leader Hitomi Niiya of Japan bravely pushed the pace in what was a futile attempt to drop the African race favourites as lightning flashed over the Luzhniki stadium and heavy rain began to fall.

Her Herculean efforts had whittled the leading group down to five at the bell, but Niiya was no match for Dibaba who simply lengthened her flowing stride to leave the rest trailing.

A personal best of 30:56.70 was Niiya's reward for her exertions as she finished fifth.

Meanwhile, Brittney Reese of the United States produced one giant leap to become the first woman to win three long jump titles at the world championships.

Reese, 26, gold medallist in 2009 and 2011, had scraped into the final on countback after a below-par showing in qualifying but the American had no intention of losing her crown.

After opening with a foul, Reese rose to the occasion with a leap of 7.01 metres, which was enough to secure victory and ensure she went one better than long-jump greats Heike Drechsler, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Fiona May who all won two world titles.

"Right now it feels good. I'm in the history books because I've done something nobody's ever done," Reese said.

"I'm just excited I got the last spot yesterday to show the world that was not the Brittney Reese they know and today was.

"I feel really blessed that I finally surpassed people like that and I've got my own place in the history books now."

Reese pulled off the only seven-metre jump of the competition and left Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare, who briefly led in the first round with 6.89 and later improved to 6.99, with silver.

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