Genzebe Dibaba (born February 8, 1991 in Bekoji) is an Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner. She is the sister of three-times Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba and Olympic silver medallist Ejegayehu Dibaba, and the cousin of former Olympic champion Derartu Tulu.
She was the 2012 World Indoor Champion for the 1500 m and holds the Ethiopian record for the distance with her best of 3:57.77 minutes. She represented Ethiopia at the 2012 Summer Olympics and has twice competed at the World Championships in Athletics (2009 and 2011). She was highly successful as a junior (under-20) athlete, having won two junior world cross country titles and one world junior 5000 m gold medal.
Genzebe won the junior women's title at both the 2008 and 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and finished fifth in the same event in 2007. Genzebe became the second junior woman ever to win two junior cross country championships in a row. She has also competed in IAAF Golden League meetings, including the Reebok Grand Prix and the Oslo Bislett Games. At the 2008 Bislett Games she recorded a personal best time of 15:02.41 in the 5000 metres, during the same race where her sister Tirunesh set a new world record. She did the same a year later in the same race, improving her personal best by more than five seconds.
After winning the 5000 m at the Ethiopian Athletics Championships, she was included in the Ethiopian squad for the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Championships. In Berlin she replaced Tirunesh on Ethiopia's 5000 m team, who withdrew due to injury. Genzebe ran an excellent heat, finishing fourth and qualifying for the final where, in her first major senior championship race, she finished in an impressive eighth position. She also won the 5000 m gold at the 2009 African Junior Athletics Championships.
She began her 2009–10 cross country campaign with a win at the Cross de Atapuerca. She also competed indoors, improving her 1500 m best to 4:04.80 at the Indoor Flanders meeting. Despite her wins on the senior circuit, she failed to complete a hat-trick of junior race titles at the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She performed far below expectations, ending up in eleventh and barely making it into the silver medal winning Ethiopian team. Her fortunes improved at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics as she defeated the junior cross country winner Mercy Cherono to take the 5000 m gold in a championship record time. In November she took a second consecutive victory at the Cross de Atapueca, taking a prominent scalp in Emily Chebet (the reigning senior champion). She was the runner-up at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country in January 2011 behind Linet Masai. She placed ninth at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships two months later.
Genzebe improved her 5000 m best to 14:37.56 minutes at the Bislett Games and went on to place eighth in the event at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. After this point she began to move away from the 5000 m an focus on the 1500 metres instead – a move which paid significant dividends for her career. She began 2012 with the fifth fastest ever indoor 1500 m, winning the Weltklasse in Karlsruhe in 4:00.13 minutes. A win at the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix preceded her first world title at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Turning to the outdoor track, she ran an Ethiopian record time of 3:57.77 minutes at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix. She was third at the Golden Gala and runner-up at the Bislett Games. She was selected for the 2012 London Olympics, but a hamstring injury in the final lap of her heat saw her eliminated from the competition.
|2007||World Cross Country Championships||Mombasa, Kenya||5th||Junior race|
|2008||World Cross Country Championships||Edinburgh, Scotland||1st||Junior race|
|World Junior Championships in Athletics||Bydgoszcz, Poland||2nd||5000 m|
|2009||World Cross Country Championships||Amman, Jordan||1st||Junior race|
|Ethiopian Athletics Championships||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||1st||5000 m|
|African Junior Championships||Bambous, Mauritius||1st||5000 m|
|World Championships||Berlin, Germany||8th||5000 m|
|2010||World Junior Championships||Moncton, Canada||1st||5000 m|
|2012||World Indoor Championships||Istanbul, Turkey||1st||1500 m|
|1500 m||3:57.77||Shanghai, China||19 May 2012|
|3000 m||8:48.35||Padua, Italy||3 September 2010|
|5000 m||14:37.56||Oslo, Norway||9 June 2011|
|1500 m indoors||4:00.13||Karlsruhe, Germany||12 February 2012|
|3000 m indoors||8:47.01||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||6 February 2010|
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- Junior Women's Race Report – Edinburgh 2008. IAAF. 30 March 2008
- Genzebe keeps the Dibaba family at the top of the world – Amman 2009. IAAF. 28 March 2009
- Golden League 2008 – Bislett Games 5000 Metres W Results. IAAF. 2008-06-06
- Valiente, Emeterio (2009-11-08). Gebremariam and G. Dibaba secure Ethiopian double in Atapuerca. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
- Hendrix, Ivo (2010-02-15). Koech clocks World best in 2000m Steeplechase, G. Dibaba impresses in Gent. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-15.
- Johnson, Len (2010-03-28). Cherono sets the record straight – Women's Junior race report – Bydgoszcz 2010. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-29.
- Morse, Parker (2010-07-22). Women's 5000m final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-07.
- Valiente, Emeterio (2010-11-07). Medhin and Dibaba outclass World champions in Atapuerca. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-07.
- Wenig, Jorg (2011-01-08). Kipchoge and Masai prevail in snowy Edinburgh. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-09.
- Mulkeen, Jon (2012-02-13). Dibaba runs fifth fastest indoor 1500m ever in Karlsruhe, sprint world leads set in Fayetteville. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved on 2013-02-17.
- Ramsak, Bob (2012-03-10). EVENT REPORT - Women's 1500 Metres - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-17.
- Johnson, Len (2012-05-19). Liu Xiang and G. Dibaba the standouts in rainy Shanghai – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-17.
- Ramsak, Bob (2012-08-06). London 2012 - Event Report - Women's 1500m Heats. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-17.
- Dibaba dashes Defar's hopes with speedy finish in Edinburgh. IAAF (2013-01-05). Retrieved on 2013-02-17.