Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba won the women’s 3,000 meters at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot on Sunday, finishing over two seconds ahead of second-place finisher, and defending champion, Hellen Onsando Obiri of Kenya.
Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain took third.
Dibaba’s time of 8:55.04 was far behind the world record of 8:16.60 she set in Stockholm last month. It was also over 20 seconds behind the IAAF World Indoor Championship record Elly Van Hulst of the Netherlands set back in 1989. Despite the lackluster time, Dibaba said she was happy to win the gold medal:
“I moved up with about eight laps to go, but I couldn’t shake them off, so I had to increase the pace with 800 to go. That was what we had discussed before the race with my coach. This year, I’ve added 3000m World Championships gold to three world records, and it’s been a great year for me. My sister Tirunesh also wanted me to focus on the gold, and not the time. I know they will be very happy. I have done what they hoped and expected.”
Sunday’s race wasn’t a great one for either Shannon Rowbury or Gabriele Grunewald. Rowbury finished in eighth, clocking in with a time of 9:07.82. Grunewald, with a time of 9:11.76, finished in tenth.