The 24-year-old was announced for both events by the Ethiopian Athletics Federation and appears to hold a strong chance of emulating the feat first accomplished by countrywoman Tirunesh Dibaba in 2008. Ayana tops the world lists at both distances this year, having run 14:12.59 for 5000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome and 30:07.00 for 10,000m in Hengelo last month.
Tirunesh Dibaba will compete over 5000m and is currently listed as a reserve for the 10,000m, the event at which she is the reigning champion from the 2012 Games in London. The 30-year-old will be seeking her fourth Olympic gold medal in Rio, though has competed sparingly so far this year. In her only outing over 5000m, Dibaba clocked 14:41.73 at a small meeting in Kortrijk, Belgium last weekend, which proved enough to convince selectors she was deserving of a spot in Rio.
Genzebe Dibaba will narrow her focus and compete over 1500m, the event at which she holds the world record at 3:50.07. The reigning world champion clocked 3:59.83 in her sole outing at that distance in Barcelona last weekend.
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