Genzebe Dibaba set a world record in the indoor mile on Wednesday, beating a record that had stood for 26 years.

Genzebe Dibaba, the outdoor 1500m world record holder and world champion, ran the final four laps of the women’s mile solo before crossing the line in 4min 13.31sec to pick up her third world record at the Stockholm venue – and her fifth in all – comprehensively dismantling the 26-year-old mark of 4:17.14 set by Romania’s Doina Melinte in 1990.

The Ethiopian’s new record in fact becomes the second fastest mile indoors or out on the all-time lists, behind only the Russian Svetlana Masterkova’s 1996 outdoor mark of 4:12.56. Genzebe finished over 11 seconds clear of her compatriot Gudaf Tsegay in second, and 18 seconds ahead of Britain’s Hannah England down in eighth.

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