Genzebe Dibaba Smashes 26-year-old World Record In Sweden

Genzebe Dibaba Smashes 26-year-old World Record In Sweden


STOCKHOLM — Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia set a world record in the indoor mile on Wednesday, breaking a record that had stood for 26 years.

Dibaba’s time of 4 minutes, 13.31 seconds was nearly four seconds faster than the previous mark, set by Doina Melinte in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1990. It was the third consecutive year Dibaba had set an indoor world record in Stockholm; she previously set the 3,000 and 5,000 meter records.

Dibaba, who was voted World Athlete of the Year in 2015, was understandably delighted with her latest visit to the Swedish capital.

“I know this track well, and it is very good for me,” she said. “I am very happy with this record. And I think I will be able to run even faster this season.”

On a night of record breaking at the World Indoor Tour event, Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman also set a new indoor record for the 1,000, streaking away on the final lap of the race to clock 2:14.20.

The previous record of 2:14.96 had been set by Denmark’s Wilson Kipketer in 2000.

After the race, Souleiman praised the pacemaker.

“After I passed 800m in 1:46, I knew I would have the record,” he said. “This is my first world record, and I am very happy.”

Both records still need to be ratified by the ruling IAAF.

In the 500-meter race, Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar dug deep to finish in a world’s best time of 59.83 seconds ahead of Onkabetse Nkobolo of Botswana.

Meanwhile, Kim Collins from Saint Kitts and Nevis proved once again that age hasn’t diminished his speed. At age 39, he won the 60-meter sprint in 6.56 seconds, ahead of Americans Mike Rodgers and Joseph Morris.

In other events on a dramatic night, Adam Kszczot of Poland finished strongly to overtake Qatar’s Musaeb Balla on the home straight to win the 800 meters in a world-leading time of 1:45.63. Mohamed Aman of Ethiopia was third.

In the 3,000 meters, Morocco’s Abdalaati Iguider of Morocco was strong enough to hold off Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia and win in 7:39.04.

Canadian Tim Nedow threw a personal-best 21.33 meters to win the men’s shot put, beating Poland’s Michal Haratyk into second and German Lauro of Argentina into third.

Meanwhile, Ksenija Balta of Estonia won the long jump with a season-best 6.76 meters, beating fellow Briton Lorraine Ugen, who was second, and world championship silver medalist Shara Proctor, who was third.