The 24-year-old Ethiopian, the younger sister of three-time Olympic gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba, Olympic silver medalist Ejegayehu Dibaba and the cousin of Olympic champion Derartu Tulu, will try and add to her remarkable resume Sunday, March 29, when she aims for her fifth world record in her debut on the roads in the Carlsbad 5000.
Not only is she hoping to win, she also will be trying to break the world record of 14:46 set by another Ethiopian, Meseret Defar, at Carlsbad in 2006.
“I know the world record is tough, but I want to come and break it,” Genzebe said.
“If she comes here healthy and in good shape, she’ll break the record,” said Matt Turnbull, elite athlete coordinator for the event.
If Genzebe accomplishes her goal, it would be her fifth world record in just over a year and make her a Carlsbad winner, just like Tirunesh in 2005.
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