Dibaba in Boston and ready to attack world indoor 5000m record – By Staff Writer (Athletics Weekly)
TIRUNESH DIBABA looked imperious at the Bupa Great Edinburgh International Cross Country 8km race last month and the double Olympic champion tests her mettle at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on February 6, where the 24-year-old will be attempting to regain her world indoor 5000m record, which archrival Meseret Defar took from her last year.
Dibaba holds three of the four fastest indoor times in history, including her former world record of 14:27.42 but Defar lowered Dibaba’s world record to 14:24.37 at the GE Galan meeting in Stockholm last year but Dibaba, who holds the world outdoor record at 14:11.15, looks in the shape to regain her world record. As well as a commanding win on the snow in Edinburgh, Dibaba outlined her strength by smashing the world 15km record in Nijmegen by 27 seconds last November.
Tirunesh’s younger sister Genzebe starts among the favourites in the 3000m. The two-time world junior cross-country champion made the world 5000m final in Berlin last year and the youngster faces a solid field including Millrose Games mile winner Hannah England, who looks in shape to vastly improve her PB of 9:19.25. Lennie Waite and former UK steeplechase record-holder Barbara Parker are also in the field.
In the 5000m, former world champion Bernard Lagat makes his indoor debut at this distance against a strong field, including Galen Rupp, Alistair Cragg and Blackheath & Bromley’s Scott Overall, who comes fresh from a one-mile PB of 3:58.61.
Olympic bronze medallist Nick Willis from New Zealand faces Leonel Manzano and Belgrave Harrier Tim Bayley in the mile.