• Genzebe Dibaba to race 1000m in Madrid on Friday

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Ethiopian star Genzebe Dibaba is set to race the 1000m on Thursday at the Indoor Meeting Villa de Madrid in Spain.

Dibaba who clocked a world leading 3:58.80 in a 1500m World record attempt in Karlsruhe two weeks ago may try to attack the record in the 1000m on February 24. 

Dibaba currently holds 5 world records; 1500m, 1500m indoors, Mile indoors, 3000m indoors and 5000m indoors.

The women´s world indoor record in the 1000m stands at 2:30.94 set by legendary Maria Mutola of Mozambique 17 years ago.

At the Meeting Villa de Madrid there will be plenty of other star athletes over different events. Men´s 60m dash will be lead by Cuba´s Yunier Perez who holds season best time of 6.52 seconds.

Grenada´s quarter-miler Bralon Taplin (SB 45.59) will line up against Spaniard Oscar Husillos, who set the national indoor record holderof 45.92 3 days ago. Also in the 400m race is Dominican´s Luegelin Santos, the London Olympics silver medalist.

Adam Kszczot of Poland, the world season leader with 1:46.17, will lead thevmen´s  800m as local hero Ruth Beitia, the reigning Olympic champion, will headline women´s high jump contest.

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