Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Never mind which continent, there is no stopping the Dibaba sister act. Last seen only five weeks ago making headlines at the World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland, another version of it stole the show here tonight on the fourth day of the 16th African Athletics Championships.
Ethiopia simply substituted one sister for another to join multiple World champion Tirunesh Dibaba in celebration. In a 10,000m which saw Ethiopia’s women match the achievement of the men in sweeping the medals, Tirunesh secured her first African Championships title while her elder sister, Ejegayehu, 25, finished runner-up.
In Edinburgh, Tirunesh’s younger sister, 17-year-old Genzebe Dibaba, won the World Cross Country junior women’s s title shortly before the 22-year-old middle sister captured a third senior women’s long course title. So keen had Tirunesh been to watch Genzebe run that she admitted later to not warming-up properly.