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Dibaba threatens world indoor record

Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia - Source BBC(29/01/2006)

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba narrowly missed breaking her own world record in the women's 5,000 metres at the 2006 Reebok Boston Indoor Games, held at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College.

Running most of the race in a solo effort, Tirunesh finished in 14:35.46 seconds, whilst her elder sister Ejegayehu, the Olympic silver and World 10,000m bronze medallist, took second place in 15:18.97.

The 20-year-old world 5,000m champion and world junior record holder, ran an astonishing 14:32.93 to re-write the world indoor 5000m record at the same venue a year ago.

"I would have liked to get the record. I think I ran very well today when there were two rounds left and I didn't think I was going to make it. My aim today was to beat the record." she said.

Defar also

Athens Olympics 5000m gold medallist Meseret Defar came even closer to the women's 3000m World Indoor record she also narowly missed last year, running 8:30.94 to post the third-fastest time in history.

Her time was bested only by Berhane Adere's four-year-old world record of 8:29.15 and Defar's own 8:30.05, also run at this meet in 2005.

Elkanah Angwenyi of Kenya won the Joe Concannon men's mile going away in 3:55.95, with two-time U.S. indoor champion Jason Lunn second in 3:56.77 and defending Reebok Boston Indoor Games champ Laban Rotich of Kenya third in 3:56.83.

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