A day before her 26th birthday, Genzebe Dibaba added one more to her growing collection of world records. On the track in Sabadell, Spain on Tuesday, the Ethiopian track athletes ran the 2,000m to nab her sixth world record.
She crossed the finish line in 5:23.75 to break both the indoor record in the distance as well as the world record. Prior to Dibaba’s race, the indoor mark was held by Gabriela Szabo at 5:30.53. The world record, held by Sonia O’Sullivan stood at 5:25.36 which was set back in 1994 when Dibaba was just a toddler.
Today, household name in track and field turns 26. But setting new world records on the track is becoming as frequent as celebrating the annual birthday. For the past four years in a row now, the Ethiopian has come away with a new world record to her name. In 2014, she took down the 1,500m and 3,000m, in 2015, she ran the best-ever 5,000m and last year, she took down the women’s mile time.
Genzebe Dibaba’s Records:
Indoor 1,500m: 3:55.17
Indoor mile: 4:13.3
Indoor 3,000m: 8:16.60
Indoor 2-mile: 9:00.48
Indoor 5,000m: 14:18.86
This is definitely a good start to the year for the track athlete. She also has plenty more to look forward to. This Friday, the runner will be at the Copernicus Cup in Poland looking to break her best mark in the 1,500m. After that, she has plans to race in Madrid on Feb. 24 to attempt to take down the 1,000m record of 2:30.94.