A year ago, Genzebe Dibaba demolished the 3000m world Indoor record at the XL-Galan in the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. When she returned this Thursday evening (19) she delivered the best kind of deja-vu experience for almost 10,000 spectators at the penultimate IAAF Indoor Permit meeting of the winter.
Despite having pace making help only for the first two kilometres in the 5000m, Dibaba was still capable of running the third world indoor record* of her career when she clocked a stunning 14:18.86 for 25 laps of an indoor track
She took more than five seconds off the previous mark of 14:24:37 set by her compatriot Meseret Defar on the same track in 2009.
Just like 12 months ago, Dibaba was quickly on world record schedule and gradually distanced herself from the intermediate times in Defar’s world record race.
At 1000m, Dibaba was 1.2 seconds ahead; at 2000m, 3.0; at 3000m, 5.2; at 4000m, 6.0. And even though she couldn’t quite match Defar’s final lap of 30.17 Dibaba still stopped the clock in a time that only two women – her sister and world record-holder Tirunesh Dibaba and Defar – have beaten outdoors.
Her unofficial kilometre splits (to 0.1) were: 2:53.3, 2:51.5, 2:52.4, 2:54.6 and 2:47.1.
More than a minute in arrears, Dibaba’s fellow Ethiopian Birtukan Fente was a distant second in 15:22.56.
The 10th world record performance in the arena was, of course, the main highlight of the evening but there were four more world-leading marks.
1500m world leads for Hassan and Tesfaye
In the women’s 1500m, Sifan Hassan pushed hard from halfway and was obviously aiming for the first sub-four-minute time of this year.
In the end, the Dutch runner missed by less than 0.5, winning in a national record of 4:00.46, but it was still a most impressive display of running, illustrated by the fact that she left the rest of the field more than five seconds behind. In second place, UAE’s Betlhem Desalegn set a national record of 4:05.61.
Germany’s Homiyu Tesfaye entered the men’s 1500m as the world leader with 3:35.71 and he left the race still the as the world leader but now with a national record of 3:34:13 to his name, moving him to third on the European all-time list.