06-07-2008 14:05

Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is the new women’s 5 thousand meters record holder after a stunning performance at the Bislett Games in Oslo on Friday.

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Ethiopian Dibaba in front of the scoreboard. 
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Dibaba said before the race she was going for the world outdoor best. And she delivered on her promise, shattering the previous record by more than five seconds. Dibaba pulled away halfway through the race, to win in a time of 14 minutes 11.15 seconds, breaking the previous record of 14 minutes 16.63 seconds set by fellow Ethiopian Meseret Dafir at the same meeting last year.

Russia’s Gulnara Galkina was also going for a world record in the women’s 3 thousand metres steeplechase, an event that makes its Olympic debut in Beijing later this year. But, after setting a good early pace, Galkina’s time was more than 13 seconds outside her own world record set in 2004, although it was still the fastest time of the year.

The highlight of the men’s races was the 400 metres, where the Olympic and World champion Jeremy Wariner of the United States also set the fastest time of the year, 43.98 seconds, ahead of Chris Brown of the Bahamas.

Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas took the men’s 100 metres in a time of 9.98 seconds.

In the final event of the evening, the men’s mile, Andy Baddeley set the fastest time of the year in this rarely run event, 3 minutes 49.38 seconds.