2015 World Athletics Championships: Mare Dibaba makes history for Ethiopia

    Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia takes gold in the women's marathon after a sprint finish in the Bird's Nest Stadium.

    Story highlights

    • Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba wins women's marathon
    • Compatriot Almaz Alyana takes women's 5,000m
    • Kenya tops medals table as Asbel Kiprop wins 1500m
    • Jamaica shocks U.S. in women's 4x400m relay

    (CNN)Track and field world champions come in all shapes and sizes from the towering height of Usain Bolt to the diminutive 4 foot 11 inch (1.51m) Mare Dibaba, who took gold for Ethiopia in the women's marathon Sunday.

    Dibaba thrillingly outsprinted two other athletes to take top spot on the podium, the first of two victories for the East African country on the final day of competition in Beijing.
      For all its long-distance running pedigree, it was the first time Ethiopia had won global gold in a marathon -- and Dibaba did it with a sprint worthy of the six-foot five-inch (1.95m) Bolt, who had streaked along the same stretch of track Saturday to win his third title of the championships as Jamaica took the sprint relay.
        Dibaba, who had set the fastest time in the world earlier this year, beat Kenya's Helah Kiprop by a second, while Kenyan-born Bahraini Eunice Kirwa claimed bronze.
        All three had entered the Bird's Nest Stadium in contention, with Kenya's Jemima Sumpgong in close pursuit, but it was Dibaba who had the fastest finishing kick.
        "I was confident because my last lap is fast," said Dibaba.
          Defending champion Edna Kiplagat could only finish fifth, but Kenya did add to its gold medal tally later when Asbel Kiprop defended his men's 1500m title.
          It left Kenya on seven golds, the same mark as Jamaica, which continued its dominance of the relay events by upsetting the United States team in the women's 4x400m relay.