Watch: Genzebe Dibaba runs second-fastest indoor 3,000m in history

Friday February 19th, 2016

Just two days after setting the world record in the indoor mile, Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba ran the second fastest 3,000-meter race indoors in 8:22.50 at the Catalan Centenary Meeting in Sabadel, Spain.

On Wednesday, Dibaba set a world record for the indoor mile in 4:13:31.

The only performance over 3,000-meter that has been run faster was her world record of 8:16.60 set last year. 

Watch Dibaba's 3,000-meter run from Friday below:


Second place finisher Gelete Burka, also of Ethiopia, finished a distant second in 8:33.76.

• Coach: Genzebe Dibaba was in 3:48 shape for 1,500-meter world record

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.

While it may still be early for decisions to be made for the Olympics, Spanish newspaper La Marca reports that Dibaba will only focus on the 5,000-meters in Brazil.

- Christopher Chavez

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