Mekelletimes Person of the Year 2015: Genzebe Dibaba

  • genze-dibaba-IndoorWorldRecord14-18-18 and is pleased to recognize Athlete Genzebe Dibaba as Mekelletimes Person of the Year 2015″ for her commitment, dedication and accomplishment in her career.

Genzebe Dibaba Profile

Genzebe Dibaba Keneni (Amharic: ገንዘቤ ዲባባ;[1] Afaan Oromo: Ganzabee Dibaabaa; born 8 February 1991) is an Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner. She is the sister of three-times Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba and Olympic silver medallist Ejegayehu Dibaba, and the cousin of former Olympic champion Derartu Tulu.[4]

Subject to ratification, Genzebe is the current world record holder in the women’s 1500 metres, running 3:50.07 at the Herculis meet in Monaco on July 17, 2015. At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, she became World Champion in 1500 m as well as claiming the bronze medal in the 5000 m event.

She was the 2012 World Indoor Champion for the 1500 m and holds the World record for the distance, and is the reigning 2014 World Indoor Champion and World Indoor Record Holder in the 3000 m. She represented Ethiopia at the 2012 Summer Olympics and has twice competed at the World Championships in Athletics (2009 and 2011). She was highly successful as a junior (under-20) athlete, having won two junior world cross country titles and one world junior 5000 m gold medal.


Genzebe Dibaba comes from an athletic family. Her older sister Tirunesh is a celebrated athlete who won more than 19 major medals, including five in summer olympics. Another older sister, Ejegayehu, won the silver medal in the 10,000 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics. And brother Dejene is also an athlete. Her cousin is 1992 and 2000 10000m Olympic champion Derartu Tulu.


Genzebe won the women’s 5000m at the 2015 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon in a then-personal best time of 14:19.76.[21] She then went on to win the 5000m at the Diamond League Meet Areva in Paris on July 4 in a new personal best time of 14:15:41. This was her fifth 5000 meter run under 14:30. Only four days later, she set a new African record for the 1500m of 3:54.11, virtually single handedly running the fastest 1500 in the world in 18 years[2] and the ninth fastest of all time. 6 of the 8 times ahead of her were run in two races at the 1993 Chinese National Games, where much of the running community believes the communist government was sponsoring a doping scheme in the days before serious drug testing was required. On 17 July 2015 in Monaco, Genzebe broke the 1500m world record, which had previously been considered near-unbreakable, in a time of 3:50:07.

At the World Championships in Beijing, she would become World Champion in 1500 m as well as claiming the bronze medal in the 5000 m event.

Personal Best – Outdoor

Performance Place Date
1500 Metres 3:50.07 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 17 JUL 2015
2000 Metres 5:27.50 Ostrava (Mestský Stadion) 17 JUN 2014
3000 Metres 8:26.21 Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim) 09 MAY 2014
Two Miles 9:14.28 Birmingham (Alexander), GBR 24 AUG 2014
5000 Metres 14:15.41 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 04 JUL 2015

More information

Genzebe DIBABA 1500m – NEW WORLD RECORD – 3:50.07 DL Monaco 2015

Genzebe DIBABA wins / 5000m Women / Heat 1 / IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015

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