Genzebe Dibaba

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Genzebe Dibaba
Genzebe Dibaba by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Ethiopian
Born (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 25)[1]
Bekoji, Ethiopia[1]
Height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight 52 kg (115 lb)[1]
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m
Coached by Jama Aden
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1500 m: 3:50:07 WR[2]
Indoor 1500 m: 3:55.17i WR[3]
Indoor Mile : 4:13.31i WR[3]
3000 m: 8:26.21[3]
Indoor 3000 m: 8:16.60i WR[3]
Indoor 2-mile: 9:00.48i WR[3]
5000 m: 14:15.41[3]
Indoor 5000 m: 14:18.86i WR[3]
This article contains a patronymic name. This person is addressed by her given name, Genzebe, and not as Dibaba.

Genzebe Dibaba Keneni (Afaan Oromo: Ganzabee Dibaabaa; born 8 February 1991) 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.[4]

She was the 2012 World Indoor Champion for the 1500 m, and is the reigning 2014 World Indoor Champion and World Indoor Record Holder in the 3000 m. 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. At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, she became World Champion in 1500 m as well as claiming the bronze medal in the 5000 m event. She was named Laureus Sportswoman of the Year for the 2014 year alongside male winner counterpart Novak Djokovic.[5] and was 2015 IAAF World Athlete of the Year.[6]

She is the current world record holder for the 1500 m (both indoor and outdoor), the indoor 3000 m, the indoor 5000 m, the indoor mile, and the indoor two mile.

Background[edit]

Genzebe Dibaba comes from an athletic Oromo family. Her older sister Tirunesh is a celebrated athlete who won many major medals. Another older sister, Ejegayehu, won the silver medal in the 10,000 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics. And brother Dejene is also an athlete. Her cousin is Derartu Tulu, 1992 and 2000 Olympic champion in 10,000 m.

Career[edit]

Genzebe won the junior women's title at both the 2008[7] and 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships[8] 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 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.[9] She did the same a year later in the same race, improving her personal best by more than five seconds.

2009–2010[edit]

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 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.[10] She also competed indoors, improving her 1500 m best to 4:04.80 at the Indoor Flanders meeting.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] In November she took a second consecutive victory at the Cross de Atapueca, taking a prominent scalp in Emily Chebet (the reigning senior champion).[14]

2011–2012[edit]

She was the runner-up at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country in January 2011 behind Linet Masai.[15] 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.[16] A win at the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix preceded her first world title at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships.[17] Turning to the outdoor track, she ran an Ethiopian record time of 3:57.77 minutes at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix.[18] 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.[19]

2013–2014[edit]

Genzebe opened 2013 on grass, winning the 3 km competition at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country,[20] then took two indoor wins in Karlsruhe and Birmingham.

On February 1, 2014, in Karlsruhe, Germany, Genzebe Dibaba ran 3:55.17 in the 1500 m indoor event, beating the previous indoor world record by over 3 seconds. This mark was the fastest 1500 m in the world, indoor or outdoor, since 1997.[21]

Five days later, she improved the world indoor record in the 3000 metres to 8:16.60 at the XL Galan meet in Stockholm, Sweden. In that one race, she improved her own personal record by over thirty seconds, the world record by almost seven, and even though it was set on a shorter track indoors, her time was the number four time at the distance ever. Only on one occasion has the time been bettered, that was the 1993 Chinese National Games, when three athletes Wang Junxia, Qu Yunxia and Zhang Linli set the event on its ear, running times that had previously not been approached in two decades.In the month of February and in just 15 days Genzebe was able to break her third world record at indoor two-mile record at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix nine minutes and 0.48 seconds was her new record that shattered Meseret Defar previous record by six seconds.[22] [23]

With these records, Genzebe is now one of only three athletes in history to break three world records in three different events within 15 days, joining Jesse Owens, who set three world records and tied another within 1 hour,[24] and Usain Bolt. She stands alone as the only one to do this feat in three different cities and meets, and in all individual events under FAT.[citation needed]

In summer IAAF Diamond League competition, Genzebe won the 1500 at Monaco.

2015[edit]

During 2015 she changed shoe sponsor. In February in XL-Galan, Stockholm she ran for Adidas and in March in Carlsbad (CA, USA) she had her first official competition in Nike dress in the 5k-race, where she with small margin missed the world record. The change of sponsor is associated with the change of manager – from Dutch Jos Hermens (Global Sports Communication) to Swedish Ulf Saletti. The manager change happened a few month before the sponsor change. Saletti is meeting director at Stockholm XL-Galan where she on 19 February 2015 repeated the achievement from the year before by setting a world record, now at 5000 meter with 14:18.86.

Genzebe won the women's 5000m at the 2015 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon in a then-personal best time of 14:19.76.[25] She then went on to win the 5000m at the Diamond League Meet Areva in Paris on July 4 in a new personal best time of 14:15:41. This was her fifth 5000 meter run under 14:30. Only four days later, in Barcelona, she set a new African record for the 1500m of 3:54.11 (video), virtually single handedly running the fastest 1500 in the world in 18 years[2] and the ninth fastest of all time. 6 of the 8 times ahead of her were run in two races at the 1993 Chinese National Games, where much of the running community believes the communist government was sponsoring a doping scheme in the days before serious drug testing was required. On 17 July 2015 in Monaco, Genzebe broke the 1500m world record, which had previously been considered near-unbreakable, in a time of 3:50:07.

At the World Championships in Beijing, she would become World Champion in 1500 m as well as claiming the bronze medal in the 5000 m event.

She was named the female IAAF World Athlete of the Year for 2015.[26]

2016[edit]

In February 2016, Genzebe competed in Stockholm’s Globen Galan meeting. She ran the indoor mile in 4 minutes and 13.31 seconds, breaking Doina Melinte's 26-year-old world record of 4:17.14 which had been set in 1990.[27] In April she pulled out of the Dubai Athletics President’s Cup 10,000m Olympic qualifier race due to an injury in her left foot.[28] In a track meet in Barcelona on June 30, she failed to finish a 5000m race due to an injury. She was removed from the track in a wheelchair.[29]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 World Cross Country Championships Mombasa, Kenya 5th Junior race (6 km) 21:23
2008 World Cross Country Championships Edinburgh, Scotland 1st Junior race (6.04 km) 19:59
World Junior Championships in Athletics Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 5000 m 16:16.75
2009 World Cross Country Championships Amman, Jordan 1st Junior race (6 km) 20:14
Ethiopian Athletics Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st 5000 m
African Junior Championships Bambous, Mauritius 1st 5000 m 16:11.85
World Championships Berlin, Germany 8th 5000 m 15:11.12
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 1st 5000 m 15:08.06
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 1500 m 4:05.78
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 8th 1500 m 4:05.99
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 1st 3000 m 8:55.04
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 1st 1500 m 4:08.09
3rd 5000 m 14:44.14
2016 Globen Galan meeting Stockholm, Sweden 1st Indoor mile 4:13.31
World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 1st 3000 m 8:47.43
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd 1500 m 4:10.27

Personal bests[edit]

Type Event Time Date Place Notes
Outdoor 1500 metres 3:50.07 17 July 2015 Monaco, Monaco World record
Mile 4:14.30 September 6 2016 Rovereto, Italy
3000 metres 8:26.21 9 May 2014 Doha, Qatar
5000 metres 14:15.41 4 July 2015 Paris, France
Indoor 1500 metres 3:55.17 1 February 2014 Karlsruhe, Germany World record
3000 metres 8:16.60 6 February 2014 Stockholm, Sweden World record
Mile 4:13.31 17 February 2016 Stockholm, Sweden World record
Two miles 9:00.48 15 February 2014 Birmingham, England World best
5000 metres 14:18.86 19 February 2015 Stockholm, Sweden World record[30]
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Genzebe Dibaba". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Genzebe Dibaba sets African 1500m record of 3:54.11 in Barcelona". IAAF. 8 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g http://www.all-athletics.com/node/106286
  4. ^ "Dibaba sisters make it a family affair – Edinburgh 2008". IAAF. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Novak Djokovic and Genzebe Dibaba, potential stars of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, win Laureus awards". Rio 2016. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Genzebe Dibaba: 2015 IAAF World Athletes of the Year". 27 November 2015. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Junior Women's Race Report – Edinburgh 2008". IAAF. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Genzebe keeps the Dibaba family at the top of the world – Amman 2009". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  9. ^ Golden League 2008 – Bislett Games 5000 Metres W Results. IAAF. 6 June 2008.
  10. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (8 November 2009). "Gebremariam and G. Dibaba secure Ethiopian double in Atapuerca". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  11. ^ Hendrix, Ivo (15 February 2010). "Koech clocks World best in 2000m Steeplechase, G. Dibaba impresses in Gent". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Johnson, Len (28 March 2010). "Cherono sets the record straight – Women's Junior race report – Bydgoszcz 2010". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  13. ^ Morse, Parker (22 July 2010). "Women's 5000m final". IAAF. Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  14. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (7 November 2010). "Medhin and Dibaba outclass World champions in Atapuerca". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  15. ^ Wenig, Jörg (8 January 2011). "Kipchoge and Masai prevail in snowy Edinburgh". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  16. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (13 February 2012). "Dibaba runs fifth fastest indoor 1500m ever in Karlsruhe, sprint world leads set in Fayetteville". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  17. ^ Ramsak, Bob (10 March 2012). "EVENT REPORT - Women's 1500 Metres - Final". IAAF. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Johnson, Len (19 May 2012). "Liu Xiang and G. Dibaba the standouts in rainy Shanghai – Samsung Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  19. ^ Ramsak, Bob (6 August 2012). "London 2012 - Event Report - Women's 1500m Heats". IAAF. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "Dibaba dashes Defar's hopes with speedy finish in Edinburgh". IAAF. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  21. ^ The rise and rise of Genzebe Dibaba. Athletics Weekly (26 February 2014). Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  22. ^ http://en.omriyadat.com/african-athletics/ethiopian-distances-itself-from-dibaba-coach-after-doping-arrest
  23. ^ http://www.ethioinfodesk.com/index.php/sports[dead link]
  24. ^ Rothschild, Richard. "Greatest 45 minutes ever in sports". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  25. ^ Women's 5000m - Nike Prefontaine Classic 2015 USATF.
  26. ^ "IAAF: Eaton Dibaba 2015 World Athletes". IAAF. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  27. ^ "Genzebe Dibaba and Ayanleh Souleiman break world indoor records". Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  28. ^ Abulleil, Reem. "Genzebe Dibaba pulls out of Dubai 10,000m race with injury". Sport 360. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  29. ^ "Genzebe Dibaba fails to finsh 5k race in Barcelona". Watch Athletics. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  30. ^ Genzebe Dibaba Smashes 5000m Indoor WORLD RECORD XL-Galan 2015

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
China Qu Yunxia
Women's 1,500 m World Record Holder
July 17, 2015 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Russia Yelena Soboleva
Women's 1,500 m Indoor World Record Holder
February 1, 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ethiopia Meseret Defar
Women's 3,000 m Indoor World Record Holder
February 6, 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
United States Missy Franklin
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
2015
Succeeded by
United States Serena Williams
Preceded by
New Zealand Valerie Adams
IAAF World Athlete of the Year
2015
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Poland Anita Włodarczyk
Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
2015
Succeeded by
Incumbent