Dibaba Breaks African Mile Record in Rovereto
Indoor Mile world record holder clocks second fastest women's outdoor time ever in season ending race; Alexa Efraimson shatters outdoor U.S. Junior Mile record
By Diego Sampaolo, IAAF
Genzebe Dibaba grabbed the headlines at the Palio della Quercia meeting in Rovereto, Italy after recording the second-fastest outdoor time ever over the Mile with 4:14.30 on Tuesday, September 6.
Dibaba, who set the world indoor record last February in Stockolm with 4:13.31, followed pacemakers until 750m before running alone for the final two laps. After the pacemakers led the field through 400m in 1:00.95, the pace slowed considerably on the second lap as Dibaba went through 800m in 2:07.24.
The 1500m world record holder picked up the pace, though, and went through 1000m in 2:39.3 and 1200m in 3:10.6. She passed the 1500m checkpoint in a season’s best of 3:57.31, breaking the meeting record in the process, and crossed the finish line in an African record of 4:14.30, just 1.74 shy of Svetlana Masterkova’s world record set 20 years ago.
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