Tirunesh Dibaba is Ethiopia’s legendary long-distance runner. Born June 1, 1985 in Bekoji, Arsi, Ethiopia, Dibaba stunned the world by winning the 10.000 meters at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, breaking the record after finishing first at 29:54.66 versus 30:17.49.
A few days later, she also won the 5000 meters, making her the first ever woman to win both the 10000 and the 5000 meters at the same Olympic games. Dibaba’s career started when she was 15 years old, when she finished fifth at the World Cross Country Championships (WCCC), held in Belgium.
A year later, she finished second at the WCCC held in Dublin, Ireland. In 2003, she won the 5000 meters at the World Championships in Paris, France, being the youngest athlete to win gold at the competition ever. Aged 19, she participated in the Olympic Games, held in Athens, Greece, where she won the bronze medal, being the youngest Ethiopian medalist ever at the Olympics.
In 2005, she won the 5000 meters in the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, and bagged gold in the 10000 meters in Osaka, Japan, in 2007, then in Moscow, Russia in 2013.