26 MAY 2010 General News New York, USA

Dibaba heads-up ten more global champions added to New York – IAAF Diamond League

Tirunesh Dibaba unleashes her sprint for home to win the 5000m (Getty Images)Tirunesh Dibaba unleashes her sprint for home to win the 5000m (Getty Images) © Copyright

Double Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia headlines the 10 Olympic and World champions added to a stellar world-class international field scheduled to compete in the adidas Grand Prix – IAAF Diamond League - on Saturday, 12 June.

 The sixth edition of the adidas Grand Prix will be the deepest in its history, as 29 global champions and six IAAF Diamond League Ambassadors have been announced for the meet. The event, held at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, will be the fifth stop on the inaugural 14-meet, international IAAF Diamond League circuit.
 
Thrilling match-ups are expected for the New York event, led by the six previously announced Ambassadors, including Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt, American sprinter Allyson Felix, Australian pole vault king Steven Hooker, javelin rivals Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway and Tero Pitkämäki of Finland making their U.S. debuts, and New Zealander shot putter Valerie Vili.
 
Dibaba, still only 24 years old, has established herself as one of the most decorated women’s distance runners in history. At the 2008 Olympic Games, she won double Olympic gold at 5000 and 10,000 metres, making her the first ever woman to win both events at the same Olympics. She also set the 5000m World record at the 2008 Oslo Golden League meeting prior to the Olympics and is an eight-time World champion.

Click here to read the full story on the IAAF Diamond League website