London 2012

Classy Dibaba retains title

Ethiopian produces blistering final lap to claim 10,000m gold

Last Updated: 03/08/12 10:49pm

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Tirunesh Dibaba: Was peerless on the final lap of the 10,000m

Tirunesh Dibaba: Was peerless on the final lap of the 10,000m

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba produced a stunning final lap to see off her Kenyan rivals and retain her 10,000 metres title.

The 27-year-old, who won the distance double at the Beijing Olympics, surged away from Sally Kipyego and Vivian Cheruiyot after the bell to win by more than five seconds.

Dibaba's time was a season's best of 30 minutes 20.75 seconds with Kipyego taking the silver in 30:26.37 and world champion Cheruiyot four seconds futher back in bronze.

British duo Jo Pavey and Julia Bleasdale put in impressive displays as they finished in seventh and eighth place respectively.

The early running was made by a Japanese ttrio, with Ireland's Fionnuala Britton joining a four-woman breakaway but they were slowly reeled in by the chasing pack.

With 13 laps to go, Kipyego and Cheruiyot started to take control of the race and stepped up the pace.

But the Ethiopians launched their challenge with 3,000m to go, Worknesh Kidane, who finished fourth, taking it on before Dibaba applied the finishing touches.

Majewski win

In the men's shot put final, Poland's Tomasz Majewski also defended the title he claimed in Beijing after producing a throw of 21.89m.

Germany's 22-year-old hopeful David Storl, the reigning world champion, had set the standard with a throw of 21.86m but Majewski overhauled him.

USA's Reese Hoffa failed to capitalise on his good form this season and was forced to settle for bronze with his throw of 21.23m.

Qualifying for the men's long jump saw British pair Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson both safely made it through after their respective leaps of 8.08m and 8.06m.

In the women's 100m, no fewer than six women qualified for the semi-finals in under 11 seconds - in the past, the only other women to do that have gone on to win gold.

USA's Carmelita Jeter was fastest in 10.83, but her big rival Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, from Jamaica, slowed down noticeably in winning her heat and still managed 11.0 dead.

In the men's 1,500m heats, Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi ran the fastest time, 3:35.15, while Kenya's Asbel Kiprop, the defending champion who is aiming to emulate Sebastian Coe's back-to-back Olympic titles, was a comfortable third-fastest in 3:36.59.

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