International Athletics

Dibaba storms to 1 500m world title

2015-08-25 15:19
Genzebe Dibaba (Getty Images)

Beijing - Ethiopian favourite Genzebe Dibaba stormed to the women's world 1 500m title as she stamped her authority with a sumptuous display of controlled running in Beijing on Tuesday.

The world record-holder strolled through a pedestrian first lap before taking the front, tracked by Kenyan Faith Kipyegon and Dawit Seyaum, also of Ethiopia.

But a second kick 200m from the line saw Dibaba stretch away to win in 4:08.09, Kipyegon taking silver in 4:09.96 and fast-finishing Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan third in 4:09.34.

Dibaba last month ran 3:50.07 to shatter the world 1 500m record set in 1993 by China's Yunxia Qu, who competed under the guidance of controversial coach Ma Junren.

She also holds the world records for the indoor 1 500, 3 000 and 5 000m events, continuing a family tradition that includes elder sister Tirunesh holding the world record in the outdoor 5 000m.

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