Tirunesh Dibaba Is Pregnant, Will Miss 2015 Track Season

The Ethiopian is one of history's most decorated female distance runners.

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Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time outdoor world champion, is expecting her first child and will skip the 2015 track season, IAAF.org reports.

The 29-year-old’s titles include the 2013 10,000-meter world championship, which she will not be able to defend in Beijing next summer.

Dibaba won gold medals in the 5000- and 10,000-meter run at the 2008 Olympics and repeated as 10,000-meter champion in the 2012 Games, where she also won bronze in the 5000. She is the world record holder in the 5000 at 14:11.15.

She made her marathon debut in London in April, placing third in 2:20:35. Her most recent race was a victory at the Great Manchester Run, a 10K in England, in May in 31:09.

Dibaba’s 32-year-old sister Ejegayehu, the 2004 Olympic 10,000-meter silver medalist, gave birth to a daughter in January of this year.

Dibaba’s countrywoman and archrival Meseret Defar, who won 5000-meter gold at the 2004  and 2012 Olympics, missed the 2014 track season due to pregnancy.

Dibaba's husband is Sileshi Sihine, silver medalist at 10,000 meters in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

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