Endurance: Genzebe Dibaba

Dibaba sets three world marks in 15 days

February, 18, 2014
Feb 18
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Genzebe Dibaba AP PhotoGenzebe Dibaba, here celebrating her 3,000-meter win in Stockholm, has been on fire recently.
Genzebe Dibaba’s European indoor track adventure has brought impressive results, with Dibaba setting three world indoor records in 15 days.

On Feb. 15 at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix at Birmingham, England, the Ethiopian clocked two miles in 9:00.48, demolishing the five-year-old world best of 9:06.26 by fellow Ethiopian Meseret Defar, the longtime archrival of Dibaba’s older sister, Tirunesh.

Dibaba followed a pace-setter through a first mile of 4:31.7, but then ran solo for the second mile in an even quicker 4:28.8. She’d actually been 10 seconds up on Defar’s record pace with a quarter-mile remaining.

Her gesture at the end, extending her arms in the air, was a mixture of exuberance at the new record, but also frustration at just missing the 9:00 barrier.

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