Ethiopia’s Defar breaks 3,000 metres world record

February 4th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) | February 4th, 2007

Meseret Defar Meseret Defar set a women’s world record in the indoor 3,000 meters Saturday in a race in which the top two runners broke the old mark by more than 4 seconds.

The Ethiopian’s time of 8 minutes, 23.72 seconds beat the old mark of 8:27.86 set by Liliya Shobukhova Schobukara of Russia on Feb. 17, 2006, in Moscow.

Defar, the Olympic champion at 5,000 meters, edged Messelech Melkamu by 0.02. Both Ethiopians, running far ahead of the field, beat the old record with a sprint over the final 300 meters.

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