Genzebe Dibaba wins in Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe, Germany Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Genzebe Dibaba, younger sister of Tirunesh and Ejigayehu Dibaba, won the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1,500m here in 4:00.13, a world leader time and the fastest 1,500m since the 2008 World Indoor Championships.
It put the Ethiopian in the number-five spot in indoor athleticsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ history. As the final pacer departed, Dibaba had a 7-metre advantage over Helen Obiri with three laps left. Over the remaining 600 metres she stretched out her lead and barely missed a sub-four performance.
Obiri held on for second (4:06.25) as PolandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Angelika Cichocka closed fast to take third in a PB 4:07.83.
The final season-leading performance came from Bethwel BirgenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 3:34.65 in the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1500m as the Kenyan ran from the front the entire way and held off TurkeyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ilham Tanui Ãƒâ€“zbilen (the former William Tanui Biwott of Kenya), who strengthened his position atop the European season list with a second-place 3:34.76.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was happy that I could repeat my win here from last year,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Birgen. Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“My next big goal is in Istanbul where I hope to win a medal.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Gebremehdin Mekonnen of Ethiopia had started a sudden move in the direction of the front-runners with 300 left, but he became blocked by the late-leaving pacer (Ismael Kombich) and his tempo was noticeably interrupted. Ã‚Â Mekonnen was unable to recover but still held on for third with 3:36.05 ahead of Collins Cheboi (3:36.43).
1. Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) 4:00.13 (WL,MR)
2. Hellen Obiri (Kenya) 4:06.25
3. Angelika Cichocka (Poland) 4:07.83 (PB)
1. Mariem Alaloui Selsouli (Morocco) 8:36.87 (MR)
2. Sylvia Chibiwott (Kenya) 8:43.54
3. Meselech Melkamu (Ethiopia) 8:43.93
4. Mekdes Bekele (Ethiopia) 8:49.50
5. Birtukan Adamu (Ethiopia) 8:58.73 (PB)
3. Gebremedhin Mekonnen (Ethiopia) 3:36.05
3. Yenew Alamerew (Ethiopia) 7:.31.23
6. Yetatal Atnafu (Ethiopia) 7:39.78
7. Aberra Kuma (Ethiopia ) 7:39.80