Incredible Middle-Distance Racing In Germany

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 15, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM UTC
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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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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