World indoor champion clocked 14:18.86 to beat previous record by more than five seconds at XL Galan meeting
Genzebe Dibaba is now the holder of four world indoor records or world bests after clocking 14:18.86 to break the 5000m mark at the XL Galan meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday.
With that time Ethiopia’s two-time world indoor gold medallist beat the previous world indoor 5000m record set by her compatriot Meseret Defar – also run in Stockholm in 2009 – by more than five seconds. Her 3000m split time of 8:37 is the quickest that distance has been run so far this year.
Dibaba adds this most recent world record to the world indoor records she ran over 1500m and 3000m and the world indoor best she clocked over 2 miles all within 15 days last year. The 3000m record was run at XL Galan, with Defar the previous holder of that record, too.
On Thursday Dibaba finished more than a minute clear of her closest rival, Birtukan Fente, who ran 15:22.56. Athletes from Ethiopia filled the top three spots as Birtukan Adamu was third with 15:34.15.
Only two athletes – Dibaba’s sister Tirunesh (14:11.15) and Defar (14:12.88 and 14:16.63) – have gone quicker outdoors over the distance.
Elsewhere at XL Galan, Commonwealth bronze medallist Christabel Nettey leapt a Canadian long jump record, meeting record and world lead of 6.99m, while Homiyu Tesfaye ran a German 1500m record and world lead of 3:34.13. Netherland’s European 1500m champion Sifan Hassan clocked a world-leading indoor personal best of 4:00.46 to win the women’s race.
British athletes in action included Rabah Yousif, who finished as runner-up to Pavel Maslak in the 400m A race. The B race was won by newcomer Abdalleleh Haroun of Qatar in a meeting record of 45.39 – a time just under a second quicker than Maslak’s A race winning time. Mukhtar Mohammed finished fifth in the 800m B race, while Laura Muir was ninth in the 1500m.
Over in Northern Ireland and there was road race action going on as runners took to the streets of Armagh for the international road races.
Racheal Bamford won the women’s 3km event from Teresa Doherty and Gemma Hillier, with course record-holder Mary Cullen a late withdrawal, while US runner Joe Stilin beat Daniel Cliffe and Olympic triathlon bronze medallist Jonny Brownlee for 5km victory.