Genzebe Dibaba became only the only second woman athlete to complete a world indoor championships 1500m-3000m double. The other athlete is Gabriela Szabo of Romania (1999).
BIRMINGHAM, UK (EthiopiaOnline)―Genzebe Dibaba, who won the 3000m gold at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham on Thursday, gets her second gold medal of the championships by storming to 1500m victory on Saturday (March 3). Of course, it goes without mentioning that her performance was incredible with astonishing finishing speed.
IAAF reported the moment as, “After 500 meters of dawdling, the opening 400-metre split a near-pedestrian 1:16.48, Genzebe Dibaba hit the front. And that was that. In the race for the world indoor 1500m gold medal at least.”
Genzebe’s rivals, including Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands and Laura Muir of Great Britain, could neither stay nor catch up with her for the last five laps. The 27-year-old Ethiopian and 2015 world 1500m champion Genzebe was too much for any of the competitors in the race as one of television commentators put it in plain words, “I don’t think anybody is going to catch.” Genzebe was able to finish the filed in 4:05.27 time which is 3.82 seconds clear off her time in Beijing, China in 2015 (4:08.09). In this race, Genzebe was completely astounding to finish the last 800m in less than two minutes. Laura Muir and Sifan Hassan (who were third and second, respectively, winners of 3000m on Thursday) finished second and third places clocking 4:06.23 and 4:07.26, respectively.
Genzebe Dibaba’s victory makes her only the second woman athlete to complete a world indoor championships 1500m-3000m double. The other athlete is Gabriela Szabo of Romania, who won 1500m-3000m double in Maebashi, Japan in 1999.
IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018
Women’s 1500m Top Results
1. Genzebe Dibaba (ETH) – 4:05.27
2. Laura Muir (GBR) – 4:06.23
3. Sifan Hassen (NED) – 4:07.26
As usual, Genzebe is proud enough to dedicate her victory for her country and the people. “I am so happy to be able to do the double,… Last year I was sick but this time I was ready to run for my country…Laura was very strong but I am in good shape and that is why I won it. This is a gold for all the people of Ethiopia too,” Genzebe said.
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