Incredible Middle-Distance Racing In Germany

Augustine Choge edges out Edwin Soi at the tape in the men's 3000m. Photo: IAAF

Kenyans and Ethiopians led the way.

There were some first-class performances in the middle-distance events at the Internationales Hallenleichtathletik Meeting (IHM) in Karlsruhe, Germany last Sunday.

In the women’s 1500m, Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia clocked an astonishing 4:00.13, which makes her the fastest woman in the world this year.

This was also the fastest 1500m time since the 2008 World Indoor Championships.

Helen Obiri took second in 4:06.25, while Poland’s Angelika Cichocka set a personal record for third (4:07.83).

In the men’s race, Kenya’s Bethwel Birgen prevailed over Turkey’s Ilham Tanui Özbilen (the former William Tanui Biwott of Kenya. Birgen’s time was 3:34.65.

“I was happy that I could repeat my win here from last year,” he said.  “My next big goal is in Istanbul where I hope to win a medal.”

Meanwhile, in the men’s 3000m, Augustine Choge barely edged out rival Edwin Soi to win in 7:29.94. Both runners were awarded the same time, which is the fastest time in the world this year.

Yenew Alamirew,who won the event last year in the same meet, took third in 7:31.23.

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