Genzebe Dibaba sets new indoor 3000m record in a week

Following her 1500m record in Germany, Dibaba sets new 3000m record



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Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia shattered the world indoor 3000-meter record by more than seven seconds on Thursday with a 8:16.60 at the XL Galan meet in Stockholm. The performance came five days after Dibaba broke the indoor 1500 record by more than three seconds with a 3:55.17 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Dibaba, the 2012 world indoor champion for 1500 meters, turns 23 on Saturday. She’s the younger sister of Tirunesh Dibaba, who’s won three Olympic and five world championships gold medals in 5000 and 10,000-meter races and is generally regarded as the greatest female distance runner in track history. But at this rate, Tirunesh could soon be known as “Genzebe Dibaba’s older sister.”

The younger Dibaba’s 8:16.60 wiped out the previous world record of 8:23.72, held by her sister’s fiercest rival, Meseret Defar. It’s the fastest 3000 by any African woman indoors or outdoors. The only superior 3000-meter times registered by any women were all recorded outdoors in 1993 by three Chinese runners, Wang Junxia (who ran 8:06.11), Qu Yunxia, and Zhang Linli.

The story of the XL Galan meet was altered in Karlsruhe last Saturday. Abeba Aregawi, Ethiopian-born and now a Swedish citizen, was planning on going for the world record in the indoor 1500 in Stockholm. But that was when she thought she'd have to target Russian Yelena Soboleva’s 3:58.28, not Dibaba's 3:55.17.

In Stockholm, Aregawi won the 1500 in 3:57.91. Five days before, that would have been a world record. Now it’s a distant #2 on the all-time list.

Aided by pacesetters in her 3000, as reported by the IAAF, Dibaba reached 2000 meters in 5:34.25, more than four seconds ahead of Defar’s record pace. Dibaba was even stronger over the final kilometer, leaving the reigning world indoor 3000-meter champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya far behind in her wake.

Dibaba’s time for the final 2000 meters was 5:27.95, which is faster than the recognized world record for that distance. Although Obiri was a well-beaten 8:29.99 in second, her time was a Kenyan national record.

Video highlights of Dibaba’s 3000-meter race are below:


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