Genzebe Dibaba smashes world record in Stockholm

World indoor 1500m champ breaks world indoor 3000m record by more than seven seconds at XL Galan

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One world indoor record, a European indoor record and a number of world leads were set at Stockholm’s XL Galan meet on Thursday, with Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba once again the star of the show.

Fresh from breaking the world indoor 1500m record in Karlsruhe just five days before, the 22-year-old smashed the world indoor 3000m record by more than seven seconds in the Swedish capital.

Clocking 8:16.60, she blew apart the previous world indoor mark of 8:23.72 set by her compatriot Meseret Defar in 2007 to record the quickest time for the distance – indoors or out – since 1993.

Behind her, world indoor 3000m champion Hellen Obiri clocked 8:29.99, a Kenyan indoor record that is six seconds quicker than she’d ever run the distance before, but she still crossed the line 13 seconds behind Dibaba.

You can find a more detailed race breakdown on the IAAF website here.

Elsewhere, world 1500m champion Abeba Aregawi set a European indoor record over that distance clocking 3:57.91 which would have been a world record, had Dibaba not bettered the mark just five days before in Germany.

There were also world leading performances from Ethiopia’s Mohammed Aman in the 800m, Mohamed Moustaoui of Morocco in the 1500m, Russia’s Mariya Kuchina in the high jump and Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou of Greece in the pole vault.

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