Ethiopia: Genzebe Dibaba wins women's 3,000m at IAAF World I
Posted: 09 Mar 2014 23:14
Ethiopia: Genzebe Dibaba wins women's 3,000m at IAAF World Indoor Championships
Four laps into the women’s 3000m final, the stadium announcer described the pace as “relatively sedate,” which was putting it very mildly.
The 12-woman field passed 400m in 1:22 and 800m in 2:46, and many people wondered whether we were watching a Sunday afternoon stroll along Sopot Pier, the longest wooden pier in Europe, or a championship race.
Any chance of Genzebe Dibaba troubling the record books – the championship record books, let alone the global one in which she had made three marks this season – had been blown out of the water. Elly van Hulst’s 8:33.82, already a quarter of a century old, would survive for at least another two years.
Dibaba was one of the chief dawdlers, setting off second to last, with Dutch runner Sifan Hassan bringing up the rear.