For the next four weeks, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors by RunBlogRun. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.
Today, we feature, for Week Five, Day 4 Genzebe Dibaba, , as our African athlete focusing on Birmingham.
Genzeba Dibaba owns WR indoors from the indoor 1,500m (3:55.17i), Indoor Mile (4:13.31i), indoor 2000m (5:23.75i), 3000m (8:16.60i) and 5000m indoors (14:18.86i).
On 17 July 2015, Genezebe Dibaba destroyed the WR for the outdoor 1,500m in an mind blowing 3:50.07! In Beijing that year, Dibaba took gold over 1,500 meters and bronze at the 5000 meters.
Her indoor medals, was gold at the 2012 Instanbul 1,500 meters. In 2014 and 2016, Genzebe Dibaba took golds over the 3000 meters.
At the World Championships in 2015, Dibaba took two medals. In 2016, Dibaba found her nemesis in Faith Kiypegon, who battled Dibaba over the entire last 400 meters, where Dibaba took the silver.
2017 was a tough year, as she finished 12th in the 1,500 meters in London due to illness. Dibaba did not compete in the 5000 meters in London after the 1,500 meters.
Now training well, and her racing (updated February 3) is sizzling as Genzebe Dibaba ran 3:57.71 at Karlsruhe, the second fastest 1,500m indoors alltimes.
Will she double in Birmingham or just defend the 3000 meters? Watch her racing in February 2018 to see how she builds toward the 2018 World Indoors!
If she does well in Birmingham, there will be lots of selfies.