Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba sets third record of the month

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(BBC) Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba set her third world best in 15 days by shattering the indoor two-mile record at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old’s time of nine minutes and 0.48 seconds eclipsed Meseret Defar’s mark by almost six seconds.

Dibaba, sister of three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh, already own the world 3,000m and 1500m indoor records
Elsewhere, British indoor champion James Dasaolu won the men’s 60m despite suffering an injury during the race.

The 26-year-old Londoner posted the quickest time of the year in the heats, clocking 6.47 seconds, but his 6.50-second victory in the final was marred by an injury sustained in the final 10m.
Dasaolu, a medal hope for next month’s World Indoor Championships, later said he suspected it was cramp after initially fearing a hamstring problem.

“My left leg felt tight at about 40-50m. I think it’s cramp, but I’ll go and see the doctors and see what they say,” said Dasaolu, who was clutching his left leg while crossing the line.

British Athletics medical staff said the sprinter would be assessed further on Monday.

It was the final race of the day, however, which drew a standing ovation from a sell-out crowd who applauded Dibaba’s incredible feat. Read more…

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