Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba sets third record of the month
Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba set her third world best in 15 days by shattering the indoor two-mile record at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old's time of nine minutes and 0.48 seconds eclipsed Meseret Defar's mark by almost six seconds.
Genzebe, sister of three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh, already owns the world 3,000m and 1500m indoor records.
It was the final race of the day, however, which drew a standing ovation from a sell-out crowd who applauded Genzebe's incredible feat.
The Ethiopian was expected to better compatriot Meseret's time of 9:06.28, set in Prague in 2009, and did so convincingly, despite slowing towards the end.
Her feat is a world best rather than a world record as the two miles race is not an official world record event.
Genzebe, who is also the sister of Olympic silver medalist Ejegayehu Dibaba, broke the 3,000m world indoor record by 13 seconds on 6 February. That record in Stockholm came just five days after she had set the 1500m world indoor mark in Karlsruhe, Germany.
In the men’s 800, world champion Mohammed Aman broke the Ethiopian indoor record in 1.44.53 seconds.