Gudaf Tsegay smashes the 1500-metre indoor World Record in France

Andrew Dawson
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Photo credit: Sylvain Lefevre - Getty Images
Photo credit: Sylvain Lefevre - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • Ethiopian runner Gudaf Tsegay broke the women’s 1500m indoor world record on February 9 at a World Indoor Tour meet in Lievin, France.

  • The previous record was set in 2014 by Genzebe Dibaba.

  • Records nearly fell in other events like the men’s 60m hurdles and men’s 3,000 metres.

Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay becomes the latest world record-holder, when she smashed the women’s indoor world record in the 1500 metres on February 9 at a World Athletics Indoor Tour meet in Lievin, France.

The 24-year-old, who won bronze in the 1500m at the world championships in 2019, bested the previous mark—3:55.17 by Genzebe Dibaba in 2014— by two seconds, finishing with a time of 3:53.09. Great Britain’s Laura Muir finished second in 3:59.58, a British indoor record, and compatriot Melissa Courtney-Bryant crossed third in 4:04.79.

Photo credit: Sylvain Lefevre - Getty Images
Photo credit: Sylvain Lefevre - Getty Images

In addition to Tsegay’s record, two other records nearly fell at the World Indoor Tour meet. Ethiopian Getnet Wale came within .31 seconds of the indoor 3000-metre record that has stood since 1998. His 7:24:98 is the four the fastest time ever recorded in history, indoor and outdoor. Only Daniel Komen and Hicham El Guerrouj have times ahead of him.

American Grant Holloway also came within striking distance, specifically, .02 seconds, of the 60-meter hurdles record set by Colin Jackson in 1994. His 7.32 seconds tied his own American record.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen also continued his dominance in the 1,500 meters with a PB and European record of 3:31.80.

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