Meseret Defar

London2012: Ethiopian Defar steps out of her rivals' shadows to regain title

Meseret Defar walking away from the track after her winning celebration in London/ Photo: Yomi Omogbeja at the Olympic Stadium

Meseret Defar of Ethiopia acheived the rare feat of regaining an Olympic athletics title when the Athens 2004 5000m gold medallist triumphed again at the London 2012 Olympic Games, winning in 15 minutes 4.25 seconds on Friday.

Kenyan Obiri upsets Ethiopia Defar's golden cart in Istanbul

Hellen Onsando Obiri poses after winning in Istanbul 2012/ Photo: PACE Sports Management

Kenyan Hellen Onsando Obiri stunned four-time champion, Meseret Defar in the women's 3000m at the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2012 in Istanbul, denying the Ethiopian a fifth straight title in 8:37.16.

Defar lands in Istanbul with fifth Gold on her mind

Meseret Defar and Vivian Cheruiyot at the AAC Nairobi 2010 / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar will be chasing an unprecedented fifth consecutive Indoor gold medal at 3000m when the 9th IAAF World Indoor Championships kicks off in Istanbul this weekend (9-11 March).

Kipchoge, Defar, Dibaba, Aman and Chepseba impress in Birmingham - Aviva Grand Prix wrap

Defar leads Obiri and Burka during the 3000m yesterday/ Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge destroyed Briton Mohammed (Mo) Farah on home turf, World leads and stadium records from Ethiopians Meseret Defar, Genzebe Dibaba and Mohammed Aman highlights African performances at the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix meet in Birmingham on Saturday.

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