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Meseret Defar
Meseret Defar Ethiopia

  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Sport: Track & Field
  • Height: 5'3" / 1.60m
  • Weight: 95 lbs / 43.1 kg
  • Born: 11/19/1983
  • Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Career Highlights: Defar is one of the most celebrated female distance runners in the world, though her chance of winning a second Olympic gold may have passed. She took the bronze in the 5,000 meters at the 2008 Games after winning the gold with a time of 14:45.65 as a 20-year-old in Athens in 2004. She has set 13 world records in the 3,000-meter, 5,000-meter and two-mile run and has won 16 global titles, but is no longer the strong finisher she once was. Competing in the season-opening Diamond League meet in May, Defar finished second in the 3,000 with a time of 8:46.49 - three-one-hundredths of a second behind Kenya’s Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot. Defar’s last gold in the world championships came in 2007. Defar, who still owns four world records, took silver in the 3,000 at the 2012 world indoor championships with a time of 8:38.26.
  • Previous Olympics: 2008,2004
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