Defar runs 9:10.50 Two Miles World best in Boston – IAAF

January 27th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Boston, Massachusetts, USA – Meseret Defar’s World best of 9:10.50 for Two Miles** highlighted the Reebok Boston Indoor Games at Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center Saturday evening (26 Jan).

World season leading times for both men’s and women’s 3000m were also set, by Craig Mottram and Tirunesh Dibaba respectively, with Mottram’s time also setting a new American all-comer’s record and an Australian national record. (more…)

Boston, Massachusetts, USA – Meseret Defar’s World best of 9:10.50 for Two Miles** highlighted the Reebok Boston Indoor Games at Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center Saturday evening (26 Jan).

World season leading times for both men’s and women’s 3000m were also set, by Craig Mottram and Tirunesh Dibaba respectively, with Mottram’s time also setting a new American all-comer’s record and an Australian national record.

Defar 9:10.50

With an indoor 3000m World record of 8:23.72 and the outdoor World best at Two Miles, the indoor mark should have been a foregone conclusion for Defar. Indeed, she had the race well in hand from the start, following pacemaker Marina Muncan through a 2:53.0 first kilometre (less than two seconds slower than the pace of the 3000m) and then, when Muncan stepped off, steadily increasing the pace. Kim Smith of New Zealand, who had pursued Defar closely in the 3000m here last year, continued to track her this year. Defar

Only after the second kilometre was passed in 5:44 (a 2:49) did Smith start to lose ground to Defar, but after giving up twenty or thirty metres Smith started closing the gap once again. The unofficial 3000m split of 8:35 for Defar was, again, only two seconds off Dibaba’s winning 3000m mark.

At that point Defar had another lap to cover, and she only needed to run it in 42 seconds – 3:30 kilometre pace – to beat the previous World best of 9:23.38, set at this meet in 2002. Instead, Defar covered the last lap in 29 seconds (unofficially), putting a stop once and for all to Smith’s attempts to catch up and chopping a healthy twelve seconds (plus fractions) off the old best.

“I’m not (even) running today at 100%,” said Defar afterward, suggesting that she could have run even faster had she tried. Her winning time was 9:10.50.

Smith, too, was under the old World best with a 9:13.94. “It’s nice to beat a World record (best),” said Smith, “it’s only too bad that Meseret was there first.”

Dibaba fast, but unhappy

Tirunesh and Ejegayehu Dibaba rewrote the season list for the women’s 3000m as Tirunesh attempted to set the meet record at that distance. Tirunesh won in 8:33.38, but the record attempt was sunk by a lackluster second kilometre.

Dibaba explained afterward that the muscle cramps which nearly wrecked her 10,000m World Championship in Osaka had returned, despite three months of recovery in late 2007. “I think this is a very serious problem,” Dibaba said afterward, “and I think it’s getting worse. I’ve seen many doctors, and they say they have nothing.”

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