Genzebe Dibaba ran the sixth-fastest 1500m performance in history to highlight the Copernicus Cup in Torun, Poland, on Friday (10), the penultimate stop on the five-meeting IAAF World Indoor Tour.
Arriving on the heels of her 2000m world record run in Sabadell, Spain, on Tuesday, expectations were high that Dibaba would land in this northern Polish city with her sights focused firmly on the 3:55.17 world record she set in Karlsruhe three years ago. She even indicated as much at the pre-meeting press conference yesterday, but erratic pacing over the first 600 metres would foil the effort, forcing her to settle for a 3:58.80 world lead.
“I’m happy with the result today but the pacing wasn’t quite right,” said Dibaba, who turned 26 just two days ago. “I tried very hard over the last two laps but I wasn’t quite able to do it.”
Those closing laps, at roughly 32.5 and 31.8, were well outside the 30.26 and 29.72 she produced en route to her record in Karlsruhe, but they still propelled the world 1500m champion to a performance that only two other women have managed to beat.