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Dibaba takes world indoor gold in the 3,000

Dibaba takes world indoor gold in the 3,000

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 9, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.


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SOPOT, Poland (AP) — Genzebe Dibaba overwhelmed opposition to breeze to a gold medal in the 3,000 meters at the world indoor championships Sunday, failing to add a third world record in a season but clinching a long-distance title after the 1,500 two years ago.

Dibaba knew from the start she was in a league all her own, and when she took charge at the halfway point only a few could match her pace. With a kick for home with two laps to go, the Ethiopian immediately created a yawning gap, leaving silver to defending champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya and bronze to Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain.

Dibaba had already set world records in the 1,500 and 3,000 this winter but decided against a double in Sopot.

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