Five Days: Two World records, Genzebe Dibaba runs 1,500m and now, 3,000m WIR, by EME News, note by Larry Eder

Running from four seconds down on the record (4:12.5) in the first half of the race, Genzebe Dibaba ran 4:04.1 to be seven seconds up on the World Indoor Record of 8:23.72 with her masterful 8:16.60. 

Dibaba enroute to 3,000m WIR, 
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This was only five days after her fine 3:55.17 in Karlsruhe. Jenny Simpson, World Champion at 1,500m from 2011 and silver medalist from 2013, told the media, "That is some fast running. I need to get into shape!" 

Genzebe into other world

STOCKHOLM (SWE, Feb 6): The jubilee 25th edition of XL Galan (IAAF Indoor Permit) in Globe Arena before some 8000 spectators was a very special one. One amazing World Indoor record, one European Indoor record, 5 more World leads, one more arena record and World Youth indoor best were perfect statistics. The top highlight was women 3000 m where Genzebe Dibaba improved the global indoor mark of Meseret Defar (8:23.72) by 7.12 seconds with 8:16.60 what is the best mark indoor or outdoor ever when not counting the times from National Games in Beijing 1993. It was also 9th senior World indoor record in the meet history. And she was alone again after first km and from four seconds plus for the record pace she gradually improved it to final seven seconds (2:48.65, 5:34.25 at 2000 m was close to all-time best at the distance 5:30.53). Her next race should be 3000 m in Birmingham on February 15. Second Hellen Obiri Kenyan indoor record 8:29.99, third Irene Jelagat 8:40.75 over Viola Kibiwott 8:43.42 and Almaz Ayana 8:43.47. Sweden´s star and World champion Abeba Aregawi also tried hard with positive splits towards the former world record of Yelena Soboleva (Aregawi 62.83-2:08.02-3:11.82 and Soboleva 63.1-2:09.7-3:13.1) and won the 1500 m in new continental record and second fastest ever 3:57.91. Second Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia got World Youth indoor all-time best 4:08.47. Mohamed Aman clocked World leading 1:45.08 in the 800 m and missed his national record only by 0.03. He was followed by Europeans Marcin Lewandowski 1:45.56 and Kevin Lopez of Spain 1:45.69 PB. Another world lead for Moroccan surprise Mohamed Moustaoui just coming from CC win in Albufeira in 3:35.0 PB at the 1500 m (only hand times after timing malfunction). Behind him Ayanleh Souleiman 3:35.2 NR, Bethwell Birgen 3:35.3, Aman Wote 3:36.4 and Caleb Ndiku 3:36.8 indoor PB. Until Thursdayworld leader Silas Kiplagat was 8th (3:38.7) and Karlsruhe winner Nixon Chepseba 9th (3:39.7). Rest of the World leads in women jumps. Russian Mariya Kuchina extended her indoor undefeated streak of the year with 201 PB (Emma Green Tregaro second 196) and top two in pole vault cleared 472 new world lead, winner on count back Silke Spiegelburg ahead of Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (for her overall  Greek record). Third Jirina Svobodova 464, fourth World champ 2011 Fabiana Murer 442 and coming from injury World champ 2009 Anna Rogowska no-heighted at 442. Excellent also the 45.66 by Eurochamp Pavel Maslak in the 400 m, the second fastest ever in arena, European lead 2014 and second fastest in the World 2014. He also equaled his indoor NR from European Indoors 2013. He beat Olympic medalist Luguelin Santos 45.89 NR and Nick Ekelund-Arenander with Danish record 46.31 from lane 1. New Arena record by World Youth Champion Irene Ekelund in women 200 m 23.48. Dayron Robles finally for first time won in his fourth meet of the season the hurdles with 7.62 over Jeff Porter 7.66 and world leader Pascal Martinot-Lagarde 7.76. High quality in men long jump as top five went over 8 meters (Makusha 818, Torneus 814, Saladino 811, Li Jinzhe 803 and Reif 802) with season bests. German European Champion 2010 Verena Sailer won the 60 m (7.22) and Moscow bronze medalist Ivana Spanovic with 658 beat by 1 cm in long jump home Erica Jarder 6.57.

This was what happened on February 1, 2014:

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Genzebe Dibaba runs 3:55.17, WIR, photo courtesy of

KARLSRUHE (GER, Feb 1): The IAAF Indoor IHM Karlsruhe has seen something very special. One world indoor record and three more new world leads. Genzebe Dibaba clocked impressive World Indoor 1500 m record with 3:55.17 in a big solo. Previous mark of Russian Yelena Soboleva was 3:58.28 from 2006. Slovenian Sonja Roman recorded 1:02.39 and 2:08.96 pace at 400/800 m and from then Dibaba ran alone and had 3:10.47 1200 split clearly ahead of the mark of Soboleva (3:13.1). It was first world record for the younger sister of multiple olympic winner Tirunesh Dibaba. Next race for Genzebe Dibaba is Stockholm 3000 m on Thursday. Second Angelika Cichocka of Poland was way back in 4:08.15. World lead for Kenyan Nixon Chepseba in the 1500 m (3:37.02) ahead of Mekonnen Gebremedhin 3:37.42 and South African world medalist Johan Cronje 3:37.49 indoor best. Another season best for Sifan Hassan who now runs for Netherlands in 8:45.32 personal best. Second Kenyan Viola Kibiwot 8:48.12 indoor PB and third former 1500 m champion Maryam Jamal of Bahrain third 8:56.90, also life-time best indoor. Third world lead of the evening surprisingly for German Nadine Hildebrand in 7.91 over 60 m hurdles (already in heats she equaled the top mark of the season with 7.96). The Belgians Eline Berings 8.06 (in heats 7.98) and Sara Aerts 8.07 beat US olympic medalist Kellie Wells 8.08. In the shot put duel David Storl improved his season best to 21.33 and beat his main rival from Moscow World Championships Ryan Whiting who competed the day before in Bydgoszcz 21.01. Crowds enjoyed another German win, it was the close 60 m for Verena Sailer as also second US Chauntae Bayne and third Norway´s Ezinne Okparaebo clocked 7.18. Fourth Dafne Schippers 7.24. Caleb Ndiku achieved 7:36.27 to win after Dusseldorf again the 3000 m ahead of Augustine Choge 7:37.76, Ethiopian Yenew Alamirew 7:38.18 and US star Bernard Lagat 7:38.51. Abraham Rotich who runs for Bahrain won the 800 m in 1:46.30 (indoor PB) ahead of European Champion Marcin Lewandowski also 1:46.30. Jarret Eaton in 7.54 beat Kevin Craddock 7.58 as US got top two over the hurdles, former World champion Ladji Doucoure was disqualified in the final after winning his heat in 7.62. Malte Mohr as only one cleared 575 to win the pole vault followed by Greek Kostadinos Filippidis and German Karsten Dilla, both 565. French European champion Eloyse Lesueur won the long jump with 667 ahead of Alina Rotaru of Romania and German Sosthene Moguenara, both 661.

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