Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia made a history by breaking the 22-years-old record for 1500 meter
Genzebe ran and finishes 3:50.07 for 1500 meters today in Monaco, breaking the 22-year-old world record of 3:50.46 by Qu Yunxia of China, a mark that until this year had been considered invincible.
Genzebe Dibaba achieved what many had believed to be unachievable, breaking the 1500m world record at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday 17.
Qu Yunxia’s mark of 3:50.46, set at the 1993 National Games, was considered to be one of the toughest world records on the books. But in a perfectly judged race, world indoor 800m champion Chanelle Price paced Dibaba through 400m in 1:00.31 and 800m in 2:04.52 before leaving the Ethiopian to finish.
Dibaba still had European champion Sifan Hassan for company as she passed the bell in 2:50.3, but the two-time world indoor champion kicked hard. With 100m left to run, it became clear that Dibaba was, at the very least, going to get close to the world record. But she charged for the line, crossing it in 3:50.07 to become the fastest 1500m runner in history.
In a race of great depth, six women ran faster than four minutes. Hassan clocked a national record of 3:56.05 in second, while Rowbury broke the North American record with 3:56.29 in third. 2011 world champion Jenny Simpson recorded her second-fastest time ever with 3:57.30 in fourth.
Britain’s Laura Muir and Maureen Koster of the Netherlands were fifth and sixth, smashing their PBs with 3:58.66 and 3:59.79 respectively.
“The pacemaker did a great job,” said Dibaba. “I’m the first athlete from Ethiopia to break the world record in the 1500m; that is amazing.
“I think Tirunesh will be happy, all of Ethiopia will be happy,” added Dibaba of her older sister, who recently gave birth to her first child. “I knew from the beginning that I could break the record and I feel like I can still improve. I’ll try to break the 5000m world record after the World Championships in Beijing.”
Earlier in the evening, Asbel Kiprop had come within one second of the world record in the men’s 1500m. It didn’t count towards the Diamond Race, but it had a big impact on the world all-time list.
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