Dibaba breaks world women's 1,500 meters record

Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:29pm EDT
 
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By John Mehaffey

MONACO (Reuters) - Ethiopia's world indoor champion Genzebe Dibaba broke the 22-year-old 1,500 meters world record on Friday when she clocked three minutes 50.07 seconds at the Monaco Diamond League.

Running the last lap on her own after the pacemaker dropped out, the 24-year-old dipped inside Chinese Qu Yunxia's previous mark of 3:50.46 set in Beijing on September 11, 1993.

"I am very happy," Dibaba told the track announcer as the crowd stood and applauded.

Dibaba, the younger sister of three times Olympic champion and 5,000 meters world record holder Tirunesh Dibaba, said on Thursday she would decide whether to run the 1,500 or the 5,000 at next month's Beijing world championships after Friday's race.

She told reporters she had been concentrating on her speed in training this year.

Five personal bests were set in the race.

(Reporting by John Mehaffey, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

 
Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia celebrates her new world record in the 1500 meters women event at the IAAF Diamond League Herculis meeting at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco, July 17, 2015. REUTERS/Jean-Pierre Amet