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Minor injury forces Tirunesh Dibaba out of Bislett Games

By Gary Smith, World-Track

Tirunesh Dibaba, the Ethiopian World and Olympic 5000m and 10000m champion has withdrawn from Friday’s Bislett Games with an injury.

Dibaba was down to compete in the women’s 5000 metres race, but aggravated a minor leg injury during a speed training session on Tuesday and will not make the trip.

"I did a speed session on the track on Tuesday and felt a slight pain in my leg," Tirunesh said on her website

"I hope it is nothing serious, but I did not want to risk my chances of successfully defending my world 10000m title in Berlin next month."

The 24-year old, who finished second to Kenya’s Linet Masai in her season’s debut in New York in May is hoping to make a quick return to the track.

"I want to return to action and make everyone very happy."

She will continue training this week, but has not set a date, as to when she would return

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Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for He has over 10 years of running experience, as well as eight-years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, Cayman Net News, AFP and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of and

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