Dibaba breaks world record for women’s 2,000 on in­door track

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

SABADELL, Spain - Gen­zebe Dibaba of Ethiopia broke the women’s 2,000-me­ter world record at the in­door Mit­ing In­ter­na­tional de Catalunya in Spain on Tues­day.

Dibaba’s time of 5:23.75 bet­tered the world in­door best set by Gabriela Sz­abo in 1998 by al­most seven sec­onds.

The 2,000 in­doors isn’t con­sid­ered an of­fi­cial world record event by the IAAF, but ath­let­ics’ gov­ern­ing body said in a state­ment that Dibaba’s time can be “classed as an out­right world record” since it is faster than So­nia O’Sul­li­van’s out­door mark of 5:25.36.

At 25 years old, Dibaba owns the out­door world record in 1,500, as well as the in­door record for 1,500, mile, 2,000, 3,000, two miles and 5,000.

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