Friday, July 17, 2015

Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba sets world record in women's 1,500

(July 17, 2015, (MONACO))--Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba powered down the home straight to set a world record in the women's 1,500 meters at a Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.

Dibaba collapsed to the ground in apparent disbelief after crossing the line in 3 minutes, 50.07 seconds — eclipsing the long-standing mark of 3:50.46 set by China's Qu Yunxia in 1993.

Roared on by a cheering crowd on a warm night at Stade Louis II stadium, the 24-year-old Dibaba crushed her own personal best of 3:54.11 — the leading time this year which she set last week at a meet in Barcelona.

"I'm very happy the time is so fast, very happy for this record," Dibaba said, moments after milking the applause from the crowd. "Finally all of this preparation is paying off." Read more from Sacramento Bee »

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