02 JUL 2010 General News Eugene, USA

Dibaba’s ambitions: 10,000m World record assault and eventually the Marathon, but first the Eugene 5000m

Tirunesh Dibaba biding her time in the New York 5000m (Victah Sailer)Tirunesh Dibaba biding her time in the New York 5000m (Victah Sailer) © Copyright

Tirunesh Dibaba, despite the glittering gold medal winning and World record breaking achievements she has already produced in her short career, now plans challenging one of the best performances ever achieved in the history of track running.

"I am trying to become even better and I am looking towards breaking the world 10,000 metres record," said Dibaba, who is in Eugene to contest the 5000m at the Prefontaine Classic, the sixth stop of the Samsung Diamond League series. "And I want to win the (IAAF) World Athlete of the Year title as well."

Despite massive success, ambition still burns bright


"These are my two burning ambitions," she replied when asked what will continue to motivate her in a distinguished career which already has surpassed the expectations many other great athletes would quite happily have settled for.

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