A Closer look at the 2015 World Athlete of the Year Women’s finalists

Dibaba Athlete of the Year
Genzebe Dibaba, Dafne Schippers and Anita Wlodarczyk (Photo: AFP/ Getty Images)

With the imminent announcement of the 2015 World Athlete of the Year winners, we revisit the achievements of the three women’s finalists.

Genzebe Dibaba

Genzebe Dibaba’s incredible season started back in February when she clocked 14:18.86 in Stockholm, giving her the full set of world indoor distance records following her performances over 1500m and 3000m one year prior.

While in previous seasons Dibaba had struggled to maintain her dominance outdoors, this year she succeeded. She got her summer campaign under way with IAAF Diamond League victories over 5000m in Eugene, Oslo and Paris, each time getting close to the world record her sister had set seven years prior.

The Ethiopian then stepped down to the 1500m and ran a solo 3:54.11 in Barcelona. Little more than a week later, she went even quicker, breaking the world record with a stunning 3:50.07 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

Dibaba adopted more of a tactical approach at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 and covered the last 800 metres of the 1500m in 1:57.2 to shake off her opposition and win gold.

She added to her medal haul when taking bronze in the 5000m.

Read more at: IAAF.org