The Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba shatters the 26-year-old mark of 4:17.14 and now holds five world records.

By Peter Gambaccini  |

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia set a new world indoor mile record of 4:13.31 in Stockholm on Wednesday, taking nearly four seconds off the previous mark of 4:17.14 set by Romania’s Doina Melinte in 1990.

Genzebe Dibaba, 25, the 2015 world championships gold medalist in the 1500 meters outdoors, was competing at Stockholm’s Ericsson Global Arena, her favorite indoor track venue. She had previously set world records in the 3,000 (8:16.60) and 5,000 (14:18.86) on the Swedish track. She also holds the world record in the indoor 1500 meters, 3:55.17.

Outdoors, Dibaba set a 1500 world record of 3:50.07 in Monaco last July. (The outdoor mile world record is 4:12.56, set by Svetlana Masterkova in 1996.) With today’s mark, Genzebe Dibaba now holds five world records.

Genzebe Dibaba was a gold medalist in the 1500 at the 2012 world indoor championships and in the 3,000 at the 2014 championships.

Genzebe Dibaba is the younger sister of Tirunesh Dibaba, who was the 5,000 and 10,000 gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won the 10,000 again in London in 2012.

Earlier in the Stockholm meet, Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman ran 1000 meters in 2:14.20, breaking Wilson Kipketer’s 16-year-old world record of 2:14.96.

Source: Runner’s World
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