Genzebe Dibaba, who will target the world indoor mile record at Wednesday’s Globen Galan in Stockholm – the third meeting in the new IAAF World Indoor Tour series – may end up breaking two world marks on the night.
Measures are being taken to record her time at the 1500m point – a distance at which she is already world record-holder thanks to clocking 3:55.17 in Karlsruhe two years ago.
The 25-year-old Ethiopian has set world indoor records for the 3000m and 5000m at the past two editions of this meeting, and she told the media at the Ericsson Globe Arena today: “I have been able to fulfil my dreams here at this Arena. I feel very comfortable here and I want to have a third world record on this track.
“After the 3000m and the 5000m, this time it will be very different. I don’t know exactly how I will run, but we will see.”
Commenting on the last-minute withdrawal of Sweden’s world indoor 1500m champion Abeba Aregawi due to the recurrence of a back problem, Dibaba added: “My main aim here is to go for the record, so it doesn’t matter whether Aregawi is there or not, although she is very strong so maybe she could have helped with the pace.”
Looking ahead to next month’s IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016, Dibaba said she was considering attempting both the 1500m and the 3000m. “I will probably double,” she said. “But I will decide after this meeting.”