11 MAR 2006 General News Moscow, Russia

Defar defies Russian assault to retain title - Moscow

Meseret Defar of Ethiopia wins the women's 3000m final (Getty Images)Meseret Defar of Ethiopia wins the women's 3000m final (Getty Images) © Copyright

Displaying her tactical talents, Meseret Defar successfully defended her 3000m title in 8:38.80, becoming just the second woman to win a second title in the event.

Initially, Liliya Shobukhova, the recently-minted World Indoor record* holder in the event, and compatriot Olesya Syreva took immediate control of the race from the front, a tactic that served Defar perfectly...

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