Dibaba Creates World Record

IAS Prelims 2023

Genzebe Dibaba Keneni 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 set a sixth world indoor record in Sabadell, Spain by posting a new 2,000-metres mark. She ran a time of 5min 23.75sec in Catalonia.

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 is the current world record holder for the 1500 m (both indoor and outdoor), the indoor 2000 m, the indoor 3000 m, the indoor 5000 m, the indoor mile, and the indoor two mile.