Meet The Ethiopian Woman That Has Set A New World Record in Spain

Ethiopia has taken a major ‘W’ under it belt thanks to 26-year-old, Genzebe Dibaba who recently set a new world record in the 2,000-meter run in Sabadell, Spain this week. Dibaba crossed the finish line in 5:23.75 – breaking Gabriella Szabo’s former world indoor record (5:30.53), and Sonia O’ Sullivan’s world outdoors record (5:25.36) set in 1994.

Although breaking a world record sounds incredibly hard to achieve to the average person, it’s something Dibaba knows all too well. For the past four years, Dibaba has consecutively set a world record indoors. In 2014, broke the indoor 1500 and 3000 records, the indoor 5000 record in 2015 and the indoor mile record last year.

However, Dibaba isn’t done yet. She has two more world record attempts in line for this winter where she’ll try to break her indoor 1500 mark record of 33:55.17 this Friday at the Copernicus Cup in Poland. Then she will head to Madrid late February to go after Maria Mutola’s indoor 1,000-meter world record of 2:30.94.

Genzebe Dibaba’s long history of athletic success doesn’t come as a surprise. The middle and long-distance runner comes from a long lineage of champions. She is the sister of three-time Olympic champion – Tirunesh Dibaba and Olympic silver medallist – Ejegayehu Dibaba. She is also the cousin of former Olympic champion Derartu Tulu.


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