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Genzebe Dibaba Storms To 1500m Win At World Championships
Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba stormed to victory in the 1500m at the world championships to claim her maiden global outdoor title and add to her family’s impressive collection of medals.
The 24-year-old, who set the world record in July, tired of a tactical race and hit the front with two laps to go, outpacing the field over the final 800m to win in 4min 8.09sec.
The sister of the triple Olympic champion Tirunesh and the cousin of the twice Olympic champion Derartu Tulu, Dibaba added the outdoor title to the indoor world crown she won in 2012.
She said: “I worked very hard for the last three years. 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.”
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.
Kipyegon said: “Genzebe is just too fast in the finish. 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.”
The Ethiopian-born Sifan Hassan took bronze for the Netherlands in 4.09.34 but was not happy.
She said: “It was not the race I wanted to run. I completely messed up my tactics, I was hoping for a faster pace. I am so upset about that, I have to come back again and try for more.“
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