Genzebe Dibaba goes for her third world record

Genzebe DibabaGenzebe Dibaba will go for her third world record in a 14 days when she runs over two miles at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix, the final IAAF Indoor Permit meeting this winter, in Birmingham tomorrow.

The Ethiopian, who has smashed the 1500m and 3000m world records in the last two weeks, is one of a host of global medallists on the bill at the National Indoor Arena, the venue for the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Having taken over three seconds from the 1500m record in Karlsruhe and then six off the 3000m mark in Stockholm last week, Dibaba is now targeting Meseret Defar’s figures of 9:06.26, set five years ago in Prague by her compatriot and the two-time Olympic games 5000m champion.

Dibaba, the reigning World Indoor 1500m champion, will have her fellow Ethiopians Hiwot Ayalew and Sentayehu Ejigu for company as she looks to end a six-year wait for a world record at the NIA and become the most prolific indoor record breaker in her family.

Genzebe Dibaba has never run over two miles, indoors or outdoors, but the family record is held by her older sister Tirunesh, who ran 9:12.23 on the NIA track four years ago for the third fastest performance ever behind two outings by Defar. Read more at


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