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Posted: January 3, 2007

Athletics: Webb And Dibaba To Compete In Boston Indoor Games

From David Monti

© 2006 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Alan Webb and Tirunesh Dibaba have committed to run in the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, set for Saturday, January 27, at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, organizers announced late yesterday.

Webb, who turns 24 on January 13, was the 2005 U.S. 1500m champion and the winner of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials over the same distance. An outstanding prep athlete, Webb holds both the indoor and outdoor U.S. high school records for the mile: 3:59.86 and 3:53.43, respectively. He still lives in Reston, Va., where he attended South Lakes High School. Webb will be running the mile in the Boston meet against his sometime training partner, 2006 U.S. indoor 1500m champion, Chris Lukezic, the former Georgetown University star.

Dibaba, the 21 year-old Ethiopian superstar who is the reigning IAAF World Championships gold medalist at both 5000m and 10,000m, will be competing in the 5000m in Boston, the venue where she set the world indoor record for the distance in 2005: 14:32.93. She is also the defending champion in the event, winning last year in 14:35.46, the second-fastest indoor 5000m time ever recorded.

Now in its 12 year, the Reebok Boston Indoor Games has become one of the world's top track meets. Since the meet's inception in 1996, a total of 90 Olympic and World Championship medalists have competed in the event, which has also played host to four world and eight U.S. records. The fast 200m banked track helped produce the deepest-ever men's mile result last year when 11 athletes broke the 4-minute barrier.

The meet, which begins at 5:30 p.m., has a compact, made-for-television format so there is always action on the floor. Because the venue is intimate, nearly everyone is able to sit relatively close to the track. Tickets are available directly at the meet website, A stop of the "T" --Boston's tube system-- is conveniently located across the street from the Reggie Lewis Center.

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