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Linet Masai Beats Out Olympic Gold Winner Tirunesh Dibaba


Kenyan Linet Masai beat Olympic gold winner and crowd favorite Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba in the Reebok Grand Prix held in New York.


The 2009 Reebok Grand Prix was held in Icahn Stadium, New York on May 30, 2009. 

World record holder Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia was expected to easily win the 5000 meter race but Kenyan Linet Masai had other plans.

 Linet beat out both Tirunesh and her younger sister Genzebe to come in first with a time of 14:35.39A.  It was quite an African finish with Linet coming in first, Tirunesh second with a time of 14:40.93A, and Genzebe third with a time of 15:00.79.

Tirunesh Dibaba still holds the world record with her time of 14:11.15.

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