Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba could emerge as the standout athlete when the 2018 World indoor Championships is concluded, adding to her medals haul with the women’s 1500m title on Saturday.
It was the second world title she would be winning in Birmingham, making it two wins in three days to add to her 3000m title which she won on the first day of the competition.
Dibaba didn’t show any signs of exhaustion, taking matters in her own hands and controlling the eventual outcome of the race, winning with a time of 4:05.27. It wasn’t particularly fast paced, but Dibaba would be contented that she has two GOLD medals under her belt.
In what was a role reversal, Laura Muir got one over Sifan Hassan, winning the Silver medal in 4:06.23, with the latter settling for Bronze with a time of 4:07.26. All three medallists were the same as was witnessed on the first day in the 3000m.
Poland’s Adam Kszczot made it eight wins in eight in 2018, winning his first global title in the men’s 800m with a time of 1:47.47. In a bit of controversy, USA’s Drew Windle got Silver in 1:47.99, after being disqualified but later reinstated and Spain’s Saúl Ordonez getting Bronze in 1:48.01.
Meanwhile in the men’s Heptathlon, Kevin Mayer added to his 2017 outdoor title, winning with a World Leading (WL) mark of 6348 points. What was more remarkable was the manner with which Mayer hurled himself over the line in the 1000m to cut the seconds deficit on Damian Warner who was very close to snatching the GOLD medal.
Warner did a Canadian record of 6343 points to settle for Silver, with Estonia’s Maicel Uibo getting Bronze after recording a Personal Best of 6265 points.