24 May '17, 10pm

2017 Pre Classic Friday Night Preview: Genzebe Dibaba Goes for the 5,000-Meter World Record

2017 Pre Classic Friday Night Preview: Genzebe Dibaba Goes for the 5,000-Meter World Record

Could the 2017 Pre Classic be that race? Maybe. The last time Dibaba raced here, in 2015, she was probably in world record shape, and though she ran the fastest time ever run on U.S. soil (14:19.76), she missed the world record by over eight seconds. Dibaba was less than three seconds off WR pace through 3200m (9:07) but faded over the final mile for two main reasons. First, the race was foolishly scheduled for the middle of the afternoon, which meant that it was 70 degrees and sunny during the attempt. Fortunately, the meet organizers have learned from their mistake (well at least on the women’s side, we’re majorly bummed the men’s 5k isn’t Friday night as well) as this race will take place at 8:41 p.m. local time. That’s still not perfect — the sun actually won’t set until 8:43, which means the temperatures could be closer to Friday’s high – which is going to be an unsea...

Full article: http://www.letsrun.com/news/2017/05/2017-pre-classic-frid...

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