Indoor 1,000m record falls in Stockholm, Genzebe Dibaba smashes one mile record

Genzebe Dibaba

The 16-year-old world record for the indoor 1,000m has just fallen– Ayanleh Souleiman from Djibouti ran a 2:14.20 kilometre at the Globen Galan meet on Wednesday afternoon.

The Stockholm meet is part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour where athletes were competing on a 200m track indoors. Souleiman ran his last lap in a wicked fast 27.23 which brought him to the finish line in 2:14.20 beating the previous record of 2:14.96. That was set by Wilson Kipketer in 2000.

Genzebe Dibaba smashes one mile record

Souleiman trains with Genzebe Dibaba, the Ethiopian track star who shattered the women’s 1,500m record back in July when she ran a 3:50.07 at the Diamond League meet in Monaco. The athlete also owns the world records in the indoor 3,000m and 5,000m as well as the outdoor 1,500m. Today, Dibaba ran on the same track as Souleiman and added a fifth world record to her resume. Dibaba just ran a 4:13.31 at the Globe Arena– four seconds faster than the previous mark.

Before she set foot on the track in Stockholm today, that record had stood for 26 years. Doina Melinte is the previous record holder with her time of 4:17.14.

Dibaba was paced today by Joanna Jozwik.

The next meet in the IAAF World Tour is going to be in Glasgow.