Winning her third successive world indoor 3000m title, Genzebe Dibaba’s performance was superb and her competitors could not put a serious challenge after just under 2000m was left for the race.

BIRMINGHAM, UK―Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner Genzebe Dibaba has still got it – winning the 3000m of indoor championships and her being the favorite athlete on the track continues. On Thursday night (March 1) in Birmingham, the 27-year-old athlete defended her title competing against 13 other athletes including Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands and Laura Muir of Great Britain, the 2016 world indoor 1500m champion and the 2017 double European indoor champion (1500m & 3000m), respectively. Genzebe Dibaba’s performance, to put it in a simple way, was superb and her competitors could not put a serious challenge after just under 2000m was left for the race. From that moment, Hassan and Muir were following, and trying to close the gap on her at times, but Genzebe took control of the race for the most part.

Genzebe was able to cover her last 1500 meters in 4:04.05, good enough to hold off a quickly closing Sifan Hassan and Laura Muir. When the final lap bell rang, Hassan and Muir were still relentless and the lead shrank but Genzebe fired up consequently to win the race clocking 8:45.05 to make it her third successive world indoor 3000m title. The fight between Hassan and Muir turned into getting the silver title as Muir surged to overtake Hassan. But Hassan was fortunate enough to hold off Muir and win silver title timing 8:45.68. Muir finished clocking 8:45.78.

“I’m very happy to be world indoor champion for the third time. This is a great competition and the race was fantastic. This day is for me and my country… I wasn’t good in 2017, but 2018 is my time.” said Genzebe Dibaba after victory.

IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018
Women’s 3000m Top Results
1. Genzebe Dibaba (ETH) – 8:45.05
2. Sifan Hassen (NED) – 8:45.68
3. Laura Muir (GBR) – 8:45.78

Genzebe Dibaba, the 1500m silver medalist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will be taking part in the 1500m heats tomorrow (March 2).

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