By Ben Efe
Double Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia tops the list of 10 Olympic and World champions added to a stellar world-class international field scheduled to compete in the adidasÂ IAAF Diamond League June 12 on Randall Island New York.
The sixth edition of the adidas Grand Prix will be the deepest in its history, as 29 global champions and six IAAF Diamond League Ambassadors have been announced for the meet. The event,Â will be the fifth stop on the inaugural 14-meet, international IAAF Diamond League circuit.
Thrilling match-ups are expected for the New York event, led by the six previously announced Ambassadors, including Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt, American sprinter Allyson Felix, Australian pole vault king Steven Hooker, javelin rivals Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway and Tero PitkÃ¤mÃ¤ki of Finland making their U.S. debuts, and New Zealander shot putter Valerie Vili.
Dibaba, still only 24 years old, has established herself as one of the most decorated womenâ€™s distance runners in history. At the 2008 Olympic Games, she won double Olympic gold at 5000 and 10,000 metres, making her the first ever woman to win both events at the same Olympics. She also set the 5000m World record at the 2008 Oslo Golden League meeting prior to the Olympics and is an eight-time World champion.