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Posted: December 15, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this Share

Athletics: Double Olympic Champion Dibaba Returning to Boston

BOSTON (Dec. 15) -- Ethiopia's double Olympic Champion Tirunesh Dibaba will be among the headliners at the 2010 Reebok Boston Indoor Games on Feb. 6, organizers announced today. Tickets for the 15th annual Olympic-styled event are on sale now at www.BostonIndoorGames.com. or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.

Dibaba, nicknamed the "baby face destroyer" for her devastating finishing kick, is one of the sport's most accomplished stars. In addition to her three Olympic medals (Beijing 10,000m -- Gold, Beijing 5000m -- Gold, Athens 5000m -- Bronze), Dibaba owns eight World Championship titles in track and cross country from 2003 through 2008. She did not compete at the Berlin World Championships due to a foot injury.

Back to full health, Dibaba showcased her recent fitness with a World Record performance in her 15-kilometer road race debut last month in the Netherlands. This was Dibaba's fourth World Record. Her first three world records have been at 5000m: the first two were set at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games (2005, 2007) and the third, which still stands, was set outdoors in Oslo in 2008.

Since the Reebok Boston Indoor Games began in 1996, more than 100 Olympic and World Championship medalists have competed in the event, which has also played host to six World Records and nine American Records. Sponsored by Reebok International Ltd., with its world headquarters in Canton, Mass., the event is owned and produced by Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., an athlete-representation and events firm based in Boston.

The 15th-annual Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the second stop in USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Information is now available on-line at www.BostonIndoorGames.com. Follow us on Twitter at @BostonIndoor and become a fan on Facebook at www.bostonindoorgames.com. Tickets are available on-line or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.


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