×

• Diababa comes short of breaking word mile record in Rovereto

Article source: Watch Athletics


Genzebe Diababa fell short of breaking the 20-year-old women's mile world record on Tuesday at the European Athletics premium meeting in Rovereto, Italy. 

The world record holder in the 1500m (3:50.09), Dibaba, clocked 4:14.30 just 1.75 seconds slower that of Russia's Svetlana Masterkova world record. 

After a very promising opening lap of 60.9 seconds, both pacesetters significantly dropped the speed leading Dibaba through the 800m in 2:07.1.  To break the record the Ethiopian needed to clock  2:04.8 for the remaining 809m. The 2015 world champion in 1500m desperately tried to pick up the pace, but her effort was not good enough break the record as she broke the tape in 4:14.30, the second fastest outdoor mile in history. 

On her way Dibaba managed to cross the 1500m marker in 3:57.31 which was a new meeting record and new season's best for her.  Dibaba's personal for the mile indoors is 4:13.31 which is also a world indoor record. 

Elsewhere on the track, Jamaicans dominated sprint events as the Rio Olympics finalist Christina Williams took the women's 100m in 11.01 (W +1.0), while her compatriot Julian Forte clocked an impressive 9.97 (W + 2.3) claiming men's 100m.  Jamaican women also prevailed in the one lap race as Stephenie McPherson clocked 50.76 for the win ahead of her teammate Shericka Jackson (51.10). 

Amel Tuka, the 2015 world championships medalist from Bosnia and Herzegovina, outkicked everyone in the final 100m to win the men's 800m in a very solid 1:44.80. 



RunCzech announces the new 2020 race calendar, including Prague Marathon and the other spring events 08 April 2020
RunCzech announces the new 2020 race calendar, including Prague Marathon and the other spring events
The RunCzech organisers have been gradually making decisions on the fate of its races. Those scheduled to take place in the spring period to the end of June had to be cancelled...
Wayde van Niekerk wants to become the first man to break 43 seconds in 400m 08 April 2020
Wayde van Niekerk wants to become the first man to break 43 seconds in 400m
Olympic champion and World record holder over 400m Wayde van Niekerk says he wants to become the first man in history to run the 400m under 43 seconds. "I don't even want...
World Athletics Suspends Olympic Qualification Period Until December 1 07 April 2020
World Athletics Suspends Olympic Qualification Period Until December 1
Track and field governing body, World Athletics, announced on Tuesday the qualification period for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is suspended effective from 6 April 2020...
World Athletics Championships Oregon 2021 Rescheduled for 2022 30 March 2020
World Athletics Championships Oregon 2021 Rescheduled for 2022
  The World Athletics announced on Monday it will postpone Oregon 2021 World Championships for one year. The World Athletics said it is working with the Oregon...
International Olympic Committee Announces new Dates for Tokyo Olympics 30 March 2020
International Olympic Committee Announces new Dates for Tokyo Olympics
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Monday new dates for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympics. The Tokyo Olympics will start July 24,...
2020 Tokyo Olympics Postponed Until Next Year 24 March 2020
2020 Tokyo Olympics Postponed Until Next Year
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have been postponed until next year because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday...
Latest Videos
Past Headlines Latest Results Upcoming Events
Watch Athletics
©2020 WATCHATHLETICS.COM. All rights reserved.