Genzebe Dibaba made a game run for the World record for the mile, which is 4:12.56, set by Svetlana Masterkova on 14 August 1996. Svetlana Masterkova won the 800 meters and 1,500 meters in Atlanta 1996 Olympics. Her mile record still stands as Genzebe Dibaba ran hard, but, perhaps a bit too fast, to get that mile record.
Genzebe, paced by Jenny Meadows, hit 61.4, 2:06.10 and 3:10.6, and Dibaba was by herself after 900 meters. Dibaba ran hard, and her grimace over the last lap showed the effort of her attempt. RunBlogRun thinks that Genzebe is about three weeks away from top racing fitness. We look forward to seeing her in London. Genzebe was a bit too fast midway, and that last lap was just too much for Dibaba at this time.
Here’s what Genzebe had to say after the race:
“I felt well during the first part of the race. I had good legs up until 1200m but maybe went too fast in the first part. And then it blocked. It is a pity as the conditions were good. I need to train some more to have some freshness in the end of the race. My objectives are clearly the 1500 and 5000 at the world championships. “
The following audio was my live comments during Genzebe Dibaba’s mile attempt at the Athletissima meet on 6 July 2017!