Genzebe Dibaba has been scorching the indoor tracks so far, and it was only a matter of time before that translated to outdoor championships. With a win in the 1500m category at the IAAF Diamond League event in Monaco over the weekend, Dibaba now has an outdoor world record to go with her multiple indoor crowns.
American Justin Gatlin continued to scorch Diamond League tracks by winning the 100m in 9.78 seconds. The 33-year-old is now unbeaten in 23 races. Fellow American Tyson Gay finished second.
Dibaba, who hails from Ethiopia and has quite a family reputation to live up to, finished with a time 3:50.07, breaking the 22-year-old mark of 3:50.46 set by China’s Qu Yunxia, which was long considered unbreakable. Dibaba’s time is equivalent to a 4:08.41 mile, which would shatter the women’s world record of 4:12.56.
Dibaba came into the limelight with a win in the 2012 World Indoor Championship for 1500m, and and would go on to break the world record for the distance in 2014 to kick off a magnificent streak. Her greatest feat came in February 2014, when she broke three world records within a fortnight, joining legends Jesse Owens and Usain Bolt. Dibaba is the only one of the three to break world marks in three different cities and meets, in the 1500m (3:55.17), 3000m (8:16.60) and 2-mile (9:00.48) events.
In the men’s 1500m, reigning world champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya ran 3:26.69 to win the race and also set the third fastest time in the event behind legends Hicham El Guerrouj and Bernard Lagat.