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Meseret Defar

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameMeseret•Defar Tola
Used nameMeseret•Defar
Original nameመሰረት•ደፋር
Born19 November 1983 in Addis Ababa (ETH)
Measurements159 cm / 42 kg
AffiliationsBanks SC, Addis Ababa (ETH) / Mizuno Track Club, Osaka (JPN)
NOC Ethiopia

Biography

Meseret Defar was an Ethiopian distance runner who won gold medals in the 5,000 metres in 2004 and 2012, taking silver in the event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Defar also won the World Championships in the 5K in 2007 and 2014 and was a four-time World Champion in the indoor 3,000 metres – 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. In 2009 and 2011 she added bronze medals in the 5K at the World Championships.

Defar set two world records in the 5,000, her best event, first running 14:24.53 in June 2006 at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York, and then recording 14:16.63 at the Bislett Games in Oslo in June 2007. In an event not recognized by World Athletics for record purposes, Defar also became the first woman to run 2-miles under 9 minutes, when she ran 8:58.58 on 14 September 2007 at the Van Damme Memorial in Bruxelles. She also set an indoor world best of 8:23.72 for 3,000 metres in Stuttgart on 3 February 2007.

Personal Best: 5000 – 14:12.88 (2008).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2004 Summer Olympics Athletics ETH Meseret Defar
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
2008 Summer Olympics Athletics ETH Meseret Defar
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
2012 Summer Olympics Athletics ETH Meseret Defar
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold

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