Dibaba dominates to win 1,500 meters gold

Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:45am EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba stormed to victory in the world championships 1,500 meters on Tuesday to claim her maiden global outdoor title and add to her family's impressive collection of medals.

The 24-year-old world record holder tired of a tactical race and hit the front with two laps to go, outpacing the field over the final 800 meters to win in four minutes 8.09 seconds.

Sister of triple Olympic champion Tirunesh and cousin of twice Olympic champion Derartu Tulu, Dibaba added the outdoor title to the indoor world crown she captured in 2012.

"I worked very hard for the last three years," she said. "It's great to have such a strong performance. My sister won the gold medal in this stadium at the Olympic Games so I wanted to share this family experience."

Tirunesh, who took this season off to have a baby, won the 5,000-10,000 double at the Bird's Nest Stadium in 2008.

Kenya's former world junior champion Faith Kipyegon was the only runner to stay with Dibaba over the last 400 and took silver in 4.08.96.

"Genzebe is just too fast in the finish," said the Commonwealth Games champion. "I wanted to keep up with her but she is the real winner.

"She is also my idol and my friend. With her in the final the silver has a taste of gold to me."   Continued...

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia celebrates winning the women's 1500 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships with her national flag at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 25, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray