Genzebe Dibaba aiming for anothwer World Indoor Record in Stockholm

Genzebe Dibaba
Genzebe Dibaba

Genzebe Dibaba returns to the Globen Galan on Wednesday (17) in search of a third consecutive world indoor record there in what will be her only IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting of the winter.

After setting world indoor records over 3000m and 5000m in her past two appearances at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe Arena, Dibaba will attempt to better the 26-year-old world indoor mile record of 4:17.14 set by Romania’s Doina Melinte.

This Stockholm meeting – the third of the four events that make up the new IAAF World Indoor Tour – has hosted 16 world indoor records since its inception in 1990.

The 25-year-old Ethiopian’s world indoor record attempt is one of three scheduled on the night. Djibouti’s world indoor 1500m champion Ayanleh Souleiman has set his sights on the 1000m mark of 2:14.96 run in 2000 by Denmark’s Wilson Kipketer, and Qatar’s 18-year-old 400m specialist Abdalelah Haroun targets the world indoor 500m mark of 1:00.09 set last year by Brycen Spratling.

Dibaba – voted IAAF Athlete of the Year in 2015 after a season in which she won the world 1500m title and ran a world record of 3:50.07 – will expect her main opposition to come from compatriots Axumawit Embaye, the 21-year old world indoor silver medallist, and world junior silver medallist Gudaf Tsegay.

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