31 Mar '16, 8pm

World-Record Holder Meseret Defar Back at the Carlsbad 5000

World-Record Holder Meseret Defar Back at the Carlsbad 5000

Spring is a time for lacing up the flats and taking to the roads, and on Sunday some of the fastest runners in the world will be lining up in one of the most scenic locales, the seaside town of Carlsbad, California to compete in the ultimate pavement race: the 31st edition of the Carlsbad 5000. In the women’s division, Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar will be the clear runner to beat. Defar, 32 years old, is arguably one of the best runners at the 5K distance ever, having won two Olympic gold medals in that distance on the track. The Ethiopian has dominated at Carlsbad three times. And in 2006, she set the still-standing fastest road 5K time in the world, 14:46. “I can’t believe 10 years have passed since I set the world record in Carlsbad,” Defar said. “A lot has happened to me on and off the track since then, but it remains a race which is close to my heart for many reasons”. Af...

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