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Posted: February 19, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Defar Captures 5000M World Indoor Record In Stockholm

From David Monti

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Meseret Defar, who lost her 5000m world record to Tirunesh Dibaba last summer, evened the score tonight at the GE Galan meeting at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, clocking a new world indoor record of 14:24.37. That eclipsed Dibaba's 14:27.42 from the Reebok Boston Indoor Games in January, 2007.

Defar, 25, the reigning world 5000m champion, now holds both the world 3000m (8:23.72) and 5000m indoor records, and has also run the world's best ever time for two miles indoors (9:10.50). The two-mile mark is not recognized by the IAAF as a world record distance.

Ethiopian women have now held the 5000m indoor record since Berhane Adere broke Romanian Gabriela Szabo's 1999 mark of 14:47.35 in January, 2004, in Stuttgart (14:39.29). Dibaba first broke Adere's mark in January, 2005, at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, clocking 14:32.93, then broke her own record two years ago in January.

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