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.