Dibaba gets mile WR

Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba broke the women's indoor mile world record as she ran 4:13.31 for the win at the Globen Galan meeting in Stockholm.The previous world record was set in 1990 by Romania's Doina Melinte in 4:17.14. Dibaba was clocked at 3:56.27 for 1,500 meters, which was just 1.1 seconds off her world record in the 1,500 meters from indoors.In her last two appearances at the meet, Dibaba set world records in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meter in 8:26.21 and 14:18.86, respectively.Last year, Dibaba, 25, earned the International Athletics Federation's Athlete of the Year honors after setting the world record in the 1,500-meters in 3:50.07.Dibaba says that she expects to double in the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships in March. She will make her final decision with her coach in the coming days.Dibaba is an early favorite to win gold in the 1,500 meters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after winning the event at last year's world championships.


Genzebe Dibaba Keneni (Amharic: ገንዘቤ ዲባባ;[1] Afaan Oromo: Ganzabee Dibaabaa; born 8 February 1991) is an Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner. She is the sister of three-times Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba and Olympic silver medallist Ejegayehu Dibaba, and the cousin of former Olympic champion Derartu Tulu.[4]

She was the 2012 World Indoor Champion for the 1500 m, and is the reigning 2014 World Indoor Champion and World Indoor Record Holder in the 3000 m. She represented Ethiopia at the 2012 Summer Olympics and has twice competed at the World Championships in Athletics (2009 and 2011). She was highly successful as a junior (under-20) athlete, having won two junior world cross country titles and one world junior 5000 m gold medal. At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, she became World Champion in 1500 m as well as claiming the bronze medal in the 5000 m event.

She is the current world record holder for the 1500 m (both indoor and outdoor), the indoor 3000 m, the indoor mile, and the indoor two mile.


In February 2016, Genzebe competed in Stockholm’s Globen Galan meeting. She ran the indoor mile in 4 minutes and 13.31 seconds, breaking Doina Melinte's 26-year-old world record of 4:17.14 which had been set in 1990.[24]


2007World Cross Country ChampionshipsMombasaKenya5thJunior race (6 km)21:23
2008World Cross Country ChampionshipsEdinburghScotland1stJunior race (6.04 km)19:59
World Junior Championships in AthleticsBydgoszczPoland2nd5000 m16:16.75
2009World Cross Country ChampionshipsAmmanJordan1stJunior race (6 km)20:14
Ethiopian Athletics ChampionshipsAddis AbabaEthiopia1st5000 m
African Junior ChampionshipsBambousMauritius1st5000 m16:11.85
World ChampionshipsBerlinGermany8th5000 m15:11.12
2010World Junior ChampionshipsMoncton, Canada1st5000 m15:08.06
2012World Indoor ChampionshipsIstanbulTurkey1st1500 m4:05.78
2013World ChampionshipsMoscowRussia8th1500 m4:05.99
2014World Indoor ChampionshipsSopotPoland1st3000 m8:55.04
2015World ChampionshipsBeijing, China1st1500 m4:08.09
3rd5000 m14:44.14
2016Globen Galan meetingStockholmSweden1stIndoor mile4:13.31

Personal bests[edit]

Outdoor1500 metres3:50.0717 July 2015Monaco, MonacoWorld record
3000 metres8:26.219 May 2014Doha, Qatar
5000 metres14:15.414 July 2015Paris, France
Indoor1500 metres3:55.171 February 2014Karlsruhe, GermanyWorld record
3000 metres8:16.606 February 2014Stockholm, SwedenWorld record
Mile4:13.3117 February 2016Stockholm, SwedenWorld record
Two miles9:00.4815 February 2014Birmingham, EnglandWorld best
5000 metres14:18.8619 February 2015Stockholm, SwedenWorld record[25]