Tirunesh Dibaba to run in PreFontaine Classic
EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tirunesh Dibaba, a double Olympic gold medalist, headlines an international field of talented runners with the addition of the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 10,000 meters to the Friday night schedule of the 38th annual Prefontaine Classic.
This yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s meet will be held June 1-2 at Hayward Field.
Admission is free on Friday, which has been named Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hollister Night at Hayward,Ã¢â‚¬Â in honor of the late Geoff Hollister, a Nike pioneer.
The Kenyan Olympic Trials in the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 10,000 will also be contested that night along with several other events.
Dibaba, who sat out the 2011 season while recovering from injury, is the world record-holder in the 5,000 with a time of 14 minutes, 11.15 seconds.
She has the second-fastest time in the 10,000 at 29:54.66. She has won a combined 11 gold medals at the Olympics and World Championships.
Her 5,000-10,000 double at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was the first time a woman won both events at the same Olympics.
Dibaba, who turns 27 on June 1, is married to Sileshi Sihine, a two-time Olympic silver medalist in the 10,000.
The womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 10,000 field includes nine competitors from Ethiopia, five from Kenya, and one who competes for Azerbaijan but was born in Ethiopia.
The lone runner without a tie to East Africa is Amy Yoder Begley, the fourth-fastest American of all-time at 31:13.78.
The 2008 Olympian was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in 2009 and 2010 by Track & Field News magazine.
Source: The RegisterGuard.com