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Meseret Defar wins women’s 5,000 at worlds

August 17, 2013

MOSCOW (AP) — Meseret Defar regained the women’s 5,000-meter title at the world championships on Saturday, coming out of the slipstream of Ethiopian teammate Almaz Ayana to win gold with a strong finish.

Defar, the 2007 world champion, finished in 14 minutes, 50.19 seconds, beating silver medalist Mercy Cherono of Kenya by 1.03 seconds.

Ayana did most of the heavy work for Defar but weakened near the end. She still won her first major championship medal with a time of 14:51.33.

Ethiopia also won the 10,000 in Moscow with Tirunesh Dibaba taking gold during the opening weekend.

Two-time defending 5,000 champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya missed the worlds this year because she is having a baby.

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