Addis Ababa, April 3, 2021 (FBC) – Middle-distance runner Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia had her world record ratified by World Athletics, the world track-and-field organizing body.
On February 9, Gudaf clocked 3:53.09 at a women’s indoor 1,500-meter race, breaking the world record set by her compatriot Genzebe Dibaba (3:55.17).
It took Gudaf 58.97, 2:05.94 and 2:37.36 to finish the first 400, 800 and 1,000 meters of the race respectively.
She completed the last lap in 30 seconds before smashing Genzebe’s record by almost two seconds.
“I have been training really hard and I set myself a target to break the world indoor record. I had this record in my mind for a long time – maybe six or seven years,” she said.