No human being has ever won three Olympic 10,000 track and field gold medals, let alone three in a row, but Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba hopes to do just that in August at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Dibaba’s agent, Mark Wetmore, revealed today to LetsRun.com that Dibaba, who gave birth to a baby boy in Atlanta in March and hasn’t raced since May 2014, is planning on going for the Olympic three-peat come August.
In response to an inquiry for an update on Dibaba’s status and plans for Rio, Wetmore wrote in part:
Tirunesh is training well. The plan right now is the 10000m [not the marathon, at the Olympics]. She should run 1-2 indoor races and then prepare for the 10000m early in the outdoor season.
Going for gold in the 10,000 makes a lot of sense as the 30-year-old Dibaba has only run one marathon in her career (a 2:20:35 3rd place showing in London in 2014) and she’s undefeated at 10,000 for her life. At 10,000, she’s a perfect 11 for 11, with five of those wins earning a global gold (3 World, 2 Olympic) and six times she’s run under 30:30, including one sub-30:00.
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