Meseret Defar & Genzebe Dibaba win in Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe, Germany – Ethiopia’s two-time Olympic 5000m champion Meseret Defar was appearing at the Weltklasse meeting in Karlsruhe – anÃ‚Â IAAF Indoor Permit MeetingÃ‚Â – for the first time but it showed no signs of unfamiliarity and controlled the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 3000m right from the gun before posting a world-leading 8:35.28 on Saturday (2).
Compatriot Gete Dima was competing indoors for the first time and was the designated pace maker, bringing Defar through the first kilometre in 2:52.43 before departing just before the end of the second kilometre, which was reached in 5:46.72, and Defar easily achieved her goal of a meeting record.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This was my first race of the year,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Defar. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Although I wanted to run 8:31, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m lucky that it went so well with the pacer during the first part of the race. The speed was quite high.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Behind Defar, Azerbaijan’s Layes Abdullayeva held third place midway through the race, albeit at a distance from the Ethiopian pair, but GermanyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Corinna Harrer kept Abdullayeva in view and passed her with just over four laps to go.
Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba tore away from the start and fashioned a 15-metre lead after only the first 150 metres of the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1500m.Ã‚Â The reigning World indoor champion may have had her sights on bettering her own meeting record of 4:00.13 but she had to settle for a 4:02.25, which was still a world-leading mark.
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