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Just five days after breaking the world indoor 1500m record, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba smashed the world indoor 3000m record at Stockholm’s XL Galan, an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting, with a stunning 8:16.60 run on Thursday (6).

Once again the pacemakers did a perfect job and set Dibaba up perfectly to attack the 8:23.72 mark set by Meseret Defar in 2007.

She covered the first 1500m in 4:11.9 and at 2000m, reached in 5:34.25, Dibaba was more than four seconds quicker than Defar was at the same stage when she set the previous world indoor record seven years ago.

But the 22-year-old showed no signs of slowing and continued to extend her lead over the world indoor champion at the distance, Hellen Obiri.

Having covered the second half in a staggering 4:04.7, Dibaba crossed the line in 8:16.60 to take more than seven seconds from her compatriot’s mark. It is also an outright African record, bettering the 8:23.23 set outdoors by Edith Masai in 2002.

Dibaba covered the final 2000m in 5:27.95 – more than two seconds quicker than the world indoor record for that event.

It is the fastest performance indoors or outdoors since 1993. Only three women – Chinese trio Wang Junxia, Qu Yunxia and Zhang Linli – have ever run faster.

In second place, Obiri set a Kenyan indoor record of 8:29.99.

World champion Abeba Aregawi was the star athlete in the final event of the night. The Swede was always going to be hard-pressed to try to outshine Dibaba, but nevertheless she still produced one of the best runs of her life.

Aregawi charged through the finish line in a European indoor record of 3:57.91 – a mark that, up until last week, would have been a world indoor record, had Dibaba not beaten her to it.

Source :-http://www.iaaf.org/

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  1. A very good result, we are proud of you Genzebe Dibaba.

    On the mean time, look what the EPRDF is boosting about us on the following link.

    http: //www. theeastafrican .co.ke/OpEd/comment/How-Ethiopia-expanded-education-rapidly-and-equitably/-/434750/2169000/-/nbbxp6/-/index.html

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