Dibaba races to new indoor 5,000m record

January 28th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

BOSTON (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba has set a new world indoor record for the women’s 5,000 metres, clocking 14 minutes, 27.42 seconds at the Boston Indoor Games on Saturday.

Dibaba started the race cagily by hanging back in third position through the first few laps, but she then began to assert her domination and lapped several other runners before powering to the finish.

The 21-year-old’s new mark improved on her previous world’s best time of 14 minutes, 32.93 seconds, set in Boston two years ago.
“I did not think that I’d break it by this much,” she told reporters at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

Diaba said she knew she the record was within reach at the start of the penultimate lap, by which point she was well clear of her competitors and being spurred on by a cheering contingent of flag-waving Ethiopian fans.

Asked what allowed her to set the new mark, she said: “I believe it was God-given talent.”

Women 5000 Meter Run
Name Year Team Finals
1 Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 14:27.42 New record
2 Ejegayehu Dibaba ETH 15:09.48
3 Aheza Kiros ETH 15:26.43

4 Rene Metivier-Baillie USA 16:29.27

Women 3000 Meter Run
Name Year Team Finals
1 Meseret Defar ETH 8:30.31
2 Shalane Flanagan USA 8:33.25
3 Kim Smith NZL 8:38.14
4 Mary Cullen IRL 8:53.81
5 Malindi Elmore CAN 8:57.59
6 Sentayehu Ejigu ETH 9:09.74
7 Yimenashu Taye ETH 9:09.96

Men’s 3000m

Alistair Cragg, IRL
Markos Geneti, ETH
Gebre Gebremariam, ETH
Ali Abdosh, ETH

Josphat Boit, KEN
Thomas Morgan, USA
Craig Mottram, AUS
Jorge Torres, USA
Robert Cheseret, KEN
Jason Jabaut, USA
Michael Aish, NZL
Alexandr Skvortsov, RUS

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