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Ethiopia’s Tsegay smashes 1500m indoor world record at Lievin meet

Gudaf Tsegay

Gudaf Tsegay celebrates after winning the women’s 1500m and setting a new world record at the World Athletics Indoor Tour in Lievin on Tuesday. Reuters

Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay established a new 1,500 metre indoor world record with a time of three minutes 53.09 seconds during a meeting in Lievin.

The first two laps of the 1500m at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting were covered in 59.10 seconds, and 600m was reached in 1:31.54 secs -- both splits faster than the equivalent marks in the ‘B’ 800m race earlier on Tuesday evening.

World bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay was tucked in behind pacemaker Hirut Meshesha, her friend and training partner, but then the tempo dropped on the fourth lap as Tsegay reached the 800m mark in 2:05.94 sec.

From then on, though, Tsegay gradually increased the pace as she continued to pull away from double European indoor champion Laura Muir. Tsegay reached 1000m in 2:37.36 -- the fifth-fastest indoor time ever recorded for that distance by an African athlete -- then covered the following two laps in 30.6 and 30.16.

The clock read 3:22.6 sec as the bell sounded for the final lap and Tsegay showed no signs of slowing down, churning out another sub-31-second circuit to cross the line in a world indoor record of 3:53.09 sec (subject to the usual ratification procedure).

Tsegay beat by more than two seconds the previous record set by her compatriot Genzebe Dibaba in Karlsruhe in 2014.

“I’m very happy to set a world indoor record. I have been training really hard and I set myself a target to break the world indoor record,” said Tsegay.

American Grant Holloway ran the second fastest time ever in the men’s 60m hurdles, registering 7.32sec to leave him trailing only Colin Jackson’s world record of 7.30sec from 1994.

“I’m not really surprised. I worked to do that. I’ve got to keep this dynamic and stay under 7.40 consistently,” said Holloway, the reigning 110m hurdles world champion.

Getnet Wale of Ethiopia fell 0.08sec short of the men’s 3000m indoor world record, his time of 7min 24.98sec just shy of Daniel Komen’s mark from 1998. Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the men’s 1500m in 3min 31.80, the fifth fastest indoor time in history and a new European record.


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