2014 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia has broken the world record in the women’s 1500 meters running 3:50.07 in Monaco over the weekend.
This extraordinary sporting feat came at the Meeting Herculis in Monaco, the tenth leg of track-and field’s elite Diamond League meet series.
The race was arguably the single best day of metric mile races among both men and women in recent history. Indeed, among the 28 men and women who raced respective 1500-metre races, 20 ran personal bests, including at least four regional records.
Dibaba broke the previous world record of 3:50.46 set by China’s Yunxia Qu in 1993, a time so fast that many in athletics believed it to be unattainable. No woman had broken 3 minutes and 55 seconds in 18 years, until Dibaba herself ran 3:54.11 a couple of weeks ago in Barcelona.
Genzebe Dibaba, 24, who picked up her first Laureus Award in April, is the younger sister of former Laureus Award Nominee Tirunesh Dibaba, the world-record holder in the 5,000 meters, and a three-time Olympic gold medalist.
Dibaba said she thinks she could run under 3:50, and will also try to break her older sister’s 5,000-meter world record sometime after this year’s World Championships in Beijing.
After the race she said, “I’m the first from Ethiopia getting 1500-meter world record, that is amazing. I think Tirunesh will be happy, all Ethiopia will be happy.”
After Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon last week, it seems 2014 Laureus Award winners are achieving great things! Will we see Novak and Genzebe at next year’s Awards once again?