Tirunesh Dibaba has won five gold medals at World Cross Country Championships, five gold medals at World Championships and three gold medals at the Olympics. At the Olympics in 2008, she became the first woman to successfully double at 5000m and 10,000m. Dibaba has never lost a 10,000m race.
She is nicknamed the “Baby-Faced Destroyer” – no doubt this is due in part to her blazing finishing speed. At the World Championships in Moscow in 2013, she ran the final 400m of a 10,000m race in 59.8 seconds for the win.
Despite Dibaba’s dominance in the 10,000m, her best performance was actually at 5,000m. In Oslo, in 2008, Dibaba ran 14:11.15 for 5000m – shattering the world record.
Other personal bests include:
10,000m – 29:54.66
15km (road) – 46:28 (a world record)
half marathon – 1:06:55
Dibaba has yet to transition to the marathon – she planned to run London in 2013 but was unable to do so because of an injury. She is only 28 years old, so when she does make that jump, everyone else better watch out!