World Record Genzebe Dibaba to make 2,000m debut in Ostrava

GenzebeDibabaOstravaWorld record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia has been confirmed to take part in the Golden Spike competition in Ostrava.

The Ethiopian set world records indoors this year in the 1500m and 3000m, and in Ostrava next month she will look to add another record to her CV when she makes her 2000m debut.

Her target will be Sonia O’Sullivan’s mark of 5:25.36, set 20 years ago. When Dibaba set her world indoor 3000m record of 8:16.60 earlier this year, she went through the 2000m mark in 5:34.3 and covered the final 2000m in 5:27.95.

“My sister Tirunesh has won in Ostrava several times,” Dibaba said of her multiple Olympic gold medal-winning sister. “We were thinking of the records I could break in the summer and we agreed on the 2000m.”