(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 (1.95m) Bolt, who had streaked along the same stretch of track Saturday to win his third gold of the championships as Jamaica took the sprint relay.

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