News18 May 2016

Dibaba returns to Monaco – IAAF Diamond League


Genzebe Dibaba on her way to breaking the 1500m world record at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco (© Philippe Fitte)

Having won at the Herculis meeting in 2014 and 2015, world 1500m champion Genzebe Dibaba will return to the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco on 15 July in pursuit of a third consecutive victory at the Stade Louis II.

In 2014 she set a meeting record of 14:28.88 over 5000m and she followed it one year later with her stunning world record of 3:50.07 in the 1500m.

This year the Ethiopian will contest the 3000m and will once again have in her sights the meeting record, which stands at 8:21.42 to Gabriela Szabo.

Dibaba’s best time for the distance is her world indoor record of 8:16.60, while her fastest outdoor 3000m performance is 8:26.21. If she succeeds in breaking the meeting record, she will also take down Almaz Ayana’s outdoor Ethiopian record of 8:22.22. She could also challenge Hellen Obiri’s African record of 8:20.68, which is also the IAAF Diamond League record.

Organisers for the IAAF

2016 IAAF Diamond League calendar
6 May – Doha, QAT
14 May – Shanghai, CHN
22 May – Rabat, MAR
28 May – Eugene, USA
2 Jun – Rome, ITA
5 Jun – Birmingham, GBR
9 Jun – Oslo, NOR
16 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
15 Jul – Monaco, MON
22-23 Jul – London, GBR
25 Aug – Lausanne, SUI
27 Aug – Paris, FRA
1 Sep – Zurich, SUI
9 Sep – Brussels, BEL