Living up to her meeting poster girl billing, Genzebe Dibaba powered to the second fastest indoor 1500m of all time to highlight the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe on Saturday (3), the opening leg of the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour.
The Ethiopian‘s sensational 3:57.45 run was one of five world leading performances to play out before a vociferous sell-out crowd of 4,500 at the Messe Halle Karlsruhe, but the only one likely to remain atop the world lists, unless Dibaba herself decides to attack it later this season.
Clearly, Dibaba likes to race in Karlsruhe. The Ethiopian set the 3:55.17 world indoor record at this meeting four years ago on the nearby Europahalle track. She clocked 4:00.13 two years prior to that, which is, after this evening, the 10th fastest run of all-time.
World Leads for Gebrhiwet and Mihambo
Hagos Gebrhiwet and Yomif Kejelcha bided their time before pouncing in the men’s 3000m to leave Karlsruhe with an Ethiopian 1-2. The pair waited until midway through the final lap before taking command, Gebrhiwet winning in 7:37.91, to close the meeting with its fifth world lead. Kejelcha was next in 7:38.67, a personal best, holding off the Abdelaati Iguider’s strong but late finishing charge. The Moroccan clocked 7:39.92 ahead of Adel Mechaal’s 7:74.14, a personal best for the Spaniard who took last year’s European indoor crown.
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