Tirunesh Dibaba & Meseret Defar post victories in Boston
Boston, MA Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar of Ethiopia posted victories in their respective races at the 17th edition of New Balance Indoor Grand Prix here last night.
Dibaba won the women 2 Mile in 9:21.60, while Defar took first place in the 3,000m in 8:33.57.
The track meet, which is part of the USATF Visa Series, is held annually at the Reggie Lewis Track Facility at Roxbury Community College.
It was a rousing welcome for Tirunesh Dibaba, who was competing on a track for the first time since August 2010 as she fought severe shin splints. The 2008 double Olympic Champion, who broke the 5000-meter World Record here in 2005 and was making her ninth appearance at the meet, had a reason for choosingÃ‚Â the Reggie to host her comeback.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Boston is my second home,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said, after almost lapping the field in winning the 2 Mile in 9:21.60 and delighting the large Ethiopian contingent along the homestretch. Dibaba, 26, said she was happy with the result, given that sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only been back training for two months and has been on a track just three times.
Decisive Victory for Defar
Rounding out the evening was a decisive victory by Meseret Defar, another Ethiopian superstar who has known great success at the Reggie. Defar handily won the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 3000 meters in 8:33.57; behind her, countrywoman Gotytom Gebreselassie won a rollicking duel for second over MoroccoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Siham Hilali, 8:46.01 to 8:46.17.
“I’m very pleased with my race today,” Defar said through a translator. “This is my first indoor race (of the year), I have practiced a lot for this race.” She continued: “I have raced very well, I believe.”
In the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 3000 meters, eight men broke 7:48. The field was still tightly packed when Caleb Ndiku of Kenya made his move with 7 laps remaining, passing reigning 1500-meter World Championships silver medalist Silas Kiplagat to take the lead. He would keep it. The 2010 World Junior Champion at both 1500 meters and Cross Country, 19-year-old Ndiku crossed the line in 7:38.29. Defending champion Dejen Gebremeskel, who last year won despite losing a shoe early in the race, was a close second in 7:38.97.
Women 2 Mile
1. Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) 9:21.60
2. Jackie Areson (USA) 9:51.81
3. Delilah Dicrescenzo (USA) 9:53.02
1. Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) 8:33.57
2. Gotytom Gebreselassie (Ethiopia) 8:46.01
3. Siham Hilali (Morocco) 8:46.17
1. Caleb Ndiku (Kenya) 7:38.29
2. Dejen Gebremeskel (Ethiopia) 7:38.97
3. Silas Kiplagat (Kenya) 7:41.02
4. Hagos Gebrehiwet (Ethiopia) 7:44.08