1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba from Ethiopia stormed to win the gold in the 3000m women’s final as the IAAF World Indoor Championships got underway on Thursday in Birmingham, England.
Dibaba who defended her title against a strong field including Kenya’s Hellen Obiri, who is the world 5000m champion among others turned on the style with five laps to go as she crossed the line in 8:45.05.
This was the Ethiopian’s third triumph over this distance after similar feats in 2014 and 2016. 2016 world indoor 1500m champion Sifan Hassan was resilient to bag the silver in 8:45.68 ahead of European indoor champion Laura Muir (8:45.78) who was breathing down her neck. Obiri, was unable to keep up with the pace and finished fourth in 8:49.66.
“I’m very happy to be world indoor champion for the third time. This is a great competition and the race was fantastic. This day is for me and my country. I wasn’t good in 2017, but 2018 is my time,” an elated Dibaba told IAAF Media.
In the men’s high jump, Danil Lysenko, competing a neutral athlete cleared the 2.36m mark to win the competition ahead of Olympic silver medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar) who managed 2.33m.
Germany’s Mateusz Przybylko scooped the bronze medal after successfully clearing the 2.29m in his second attempt.
In the women’s category, Mariya Lasitskene leapt 2.01m to comfortably secure the gold medal. Defending champion Vashti Cunningham took the silver after her 1.93m feat on her second attempt. Italy’s Alesia Trost was placed third on count backs as she also registered 1.93m.
Finals to be held in today’s evening session (Courtesy IAAF)
Time (GMT) Event
19:35 Men’s Long Jump
20:10 Women’s Shot Put
20:17 Women’s 800m
21:38 Women’s 60m