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Almaz Ayana Eclipses Genzebe Dibaba To Lead 5,000m Sweep

Almaz Ayana eclipses Genzebe Dibaba to lead 5,000m sweep

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Updated Aug 30, 2015

Almaz Ayana led an Ethiopian medals sweep in the women's 5,000m on Sunday as 1,500m winner Genzebe Dibaba had to settle for bronze at the world championships in Beijing.

In cool conditions after heavy rain, Almaz ran a championships record 14min 26.83sec to win comfortably from Senbere Teferi, who put on a late surge to pip Genzebeby seven-hundredths.

Genzebe, younger sister of 5,000m world record-holder Tirunesh, had already won the 1,500m, but Ayana's pace over the last five ..

"I had to win the gold medal!" said Almaz. "It was a hard race and a hard competition in general. It is great for our country that we won gold, silver and bronze."

Genzebe said she was "not disappointed" with bronze and added that she had been hampered by a heel injury since winning her maiden world championships gold in the 1,500m.

"My country won three medals, I can only be pleased about that," Genzebe said.

"It was a really hard race. I've had so many races recently and after the 1,500m final, my left foot started to pain me -- I have a heel spur that hurts a lot.

"This race was so tough for me because of this injury. My shape (fitness) was at its best."

Genzebe, whose world record in the 1,500m in Lausanne last month was the fourth she currently holds, looked comfortable for the first half of the race.

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