Genzebe Dibaba breaks 1500m world record

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Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba set a new world record in the women’s 1500 metres at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday, running 3:50:07.

In a move that was considered unbeatable, the 24-year-old took four seconds off her PB, breaking Yunxia Qu of China’s 22-year-old world record of 3:50:46 that had stood since September 1993.

The younger sister of three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba, it was Genzebe Dibaba’s first outdoor world record. Indoors she holds world records at 1500 metres, 3,000 metres, two miles and 5,000 metres, and broke three world bests in 15 days last year.

Speaking after the race, Dibaba said she hopes to run under 3:50 and will also try to break her older sister’s 5,000-metre world record after this year’s World Championships in Beijing. Tirunesh Dibaba is not competing in the 2015 track and field season following the birth of her first child earlier this year.

'I’m the first from Ethiopia getting 1500-metre world record, that is amazing,' Dibaba said. 'I think Tirunesh will be happy, all Ethiopia will be happy.'