Saint Denis, France – Meseret Defar of Ethiopia won the women’s 5,000m race at the Meeting Areva, the French leg of the Samsung Diamond League here today in a time of 14:29.52.

Fellow compatriot Sentayehu Ejigu finished second (14:31.66) followed by Mercy Cherono of Kenya (14:35.13) and Shalane Flanagan of the United States (14:45.20).

Defar’s victory in the 5000metres was not unexpected, but the former World record holder had to produce a sustained sprint over the final lap – which she covered in 62.79sec – before she could move clear of her compatriot Sentayehu Ejigu, who had tracked her for seven laps after the last pacemaker had dropped away, reported

Other notable runners who finished the race include Sule Utura, Hiwot Ayalew, Emebet Anteneh and Azmeru Gebru, all from Ethiopia, and Amy Hastings from the United States. Genzebe Dibaba, younger sister of Tirunesh & Ejegayehu, failed to finish the race.

Men’s Category

Usain Bolt, who claims to be battling the flu, won the 200m race in 20.03, ahead of local hero Claude Lemaitre of France.

In the men’s 1,500m race, Mekonnen Gebremedhin of Ethiopia finished a disappointing 12th place, while Gary Roba came in 4th in the 3,000m steeplechase run.