Dibaba, Souleiman set indoor world records


February 18, 2016
Genzebe Dibaba in action during the women 1 Mile event at the Globen Gala athletics meet in Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday. Dibaba set a new World Record for the mile during the games.


Genzebe Dibaba set a new world record in the indoor mile yesterday, beating a record that had stood for 26 years.

The Ethiopian's time of 4:13.31 beat Doina Melinte's record set in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1990 by nearly four seconds. It was the third consecutive year Dibaba had set an indoor world record in Stockholm, having previously set the 3000m and 5000m records.

Dibaba, who was voted World Athlete of the Year in 2015, was understandably delighted with her latest visit to the Swedish capital.

"I know this track well, and it is very good for me," she said. "I am very happy with this record. And I think I will be able to run even faster this season."

On a night of record breaking at the World Indoor Tour event, Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman also set a new indoor record for the 1000m streaking away on the final lap of the race to clock 2:14.20.

The previous record of 2:14.96 had been set by Denmark's Wilson Kipketer in 2000.

After the race, Souleiman praised the pacemaker.

"After I passed 800m in 1:46, I knew I would have the record," he said. "This is my first world record, and I am very happy."

Both records still need to be ratified by the ruling IAAF.

In the 500m race, Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar dug deep to finish in a world's best time of 59.83 seconds ahead of Onkabetse Nkobolo of Botswana.

Meanwhile, 39-year-old Kim Collins from Saint Kitts and Nevis proved once again that age hasn't diminished his speed winning the 60m sprint in 6.56 seconds, ahead of Americans Mike Rodgers and Joseph Morris.

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