Just five days after breaking the world indoor 1500m record, Ethiopiaâ€™s Genzebe Dibaba smashed the world indoor 3000m record at Stockholmâ€™s XL Galan, an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting, with a stunning 8:16.60 run on Thursday (6).
Once again the pacemakers did a perfect job and set Dibaba up perfectly to attack the 8:23.72 mark set by Meseret Defar in 2007.
She covered the first 1500m in 4:11.9 and at 2000m, reached in 5:34.25, Dibaba was more than four seconds quicker than Defar was at the same stage when she set the previous world indoor record seven years ago.
But the 22-year-old showed no signs of slowing and continued to extend her lead over the world indoor champion at the distance, Hellen Obiri.
Having covered the second half in a staggering 4:04.7, Dibaba crossed the line in 8:16.60 to take more than seven seconds from her compatriotâ€™s mark. It is also an outright African record, bettering the 8:23.23 set outdoors by Edith Masai in 2002.
Dibaba covered the final 2000m in 5:27.95 â€“ more than two seconds quicker than the world indoor record for that event.
It is the fastest performance indoors or outdoors since 1993. Only three women â€“ Chinese trio Wang Junxia, Qu Yunxia and Zhang Linli â€“ have ever run faster.
In second place, Obiri set a Kenyan indoor record of 8:29.99.
World champion Abeba Aregawi was the star athlete in the final event of the night. The Swede was always going to be hard-pressed to try to outshine Dibaba, but nevertheless she still produced one of the best runs of her life.
Aregawi charged through the finish line in a European indoor record of 3:57.91 â€“ a mark that, up until last week, would have been a world indoor record, had Dibaba not beaten her to it.
Men 800 m
1 Mohammed Aman 94 ETH 1:45.08 WL
2 Marcin Lewandowski 87 POL 1:45.56 SB
3 Kevin LÃ³pez 90 ESP 1:45.69 PB
4 Jeremiah Mutai 92 KEN 1:46.77
5 Musaeb Balla 89 QAT 1:46.82 PB
6 Johan Rogestedt 93 SWE 1:48.49 PB
Jackson Kivuva (pace) 88 KEN DNF
Women 1500 mÂ
1 Abeba Aregawi*90 SWE 3:57.91 ER MR
2 Gudaf Tsegay 97 ETH 4:08.47 PB
3 Betlhem Desalegn** 91 UAE 4:08.79 PB
4 Renata Plis 85 POL 4:09.19 SB
5 Danuta Urbanik 89 POL 4:10.07
6 Rabab Arrafi 91 MAR 4:11.65
7 Mimi Belete*** 88 BRN 4:12.10 PB
8 Axumawit Embaye 94 ETH 4:12.52
*Sweden-Ethiopian -Â ** UAE/Ethiopia -Â ***Bahrain/Ethiopia
Women 3000 m
1 Genzebe Dibaba 91 ETH 8:16.60 WR
2 Hellen Obiri 89 KEN 8:29.99 PB
3 Irene Jelagat 88 KEN 8:40.75
4 Viola Kibiwott 83 KEN 8:43.42 PB
5 Almaz Ayana 91 ETH 8:43.47 PB
6 Senbera Teferi 95 ETH 8:47.94
7 Alia Mohamed Saeed* 91 UAE 8:48.27 PB