Abeba Aregawi versus compatriot Genzebe Dibaba in Stockholm-Sweden in August is the 2012 Diamond League’s biggest showdown in middle distance. Abeba leads the 1,500 meter table with Genzebe closing behind.
The latest rising middle distance athlete Abeba is not only taking the lead in 1,500 meter distances but suddenly has emerged the hottest favourite to claim Olympic gold in London. Clocking 3:58.54 in Rome last month, Abeba’s head on clash against Genzebe Dibaba, who won in Shanghai-China clocking 3:57.77, is highly regarded as the best showdown and likely to challenge the 1,500 meter record of 3:57.12 held by Mery Decker in 1993. The event taking place in her home town against a strong rival Genzebe, Abeba is expected to crush the 19 year old record. In preparation for London Olympic the latest celebrity among the Dibaba dynasty, 21 year old Genzebe remarked that her current focus is on the London Olympics. In her latest statement Abeba also in preparation for London told reporters she is in her best form to bring Ethiopia its first ever gold medal in the distance. “What a dream of glory in my home town Stockholm a week after Olympic gold,” Abeba Aregawi told reporters. According to reporters the big showdown between the two world fastest legs in the distance will be the eye feast for athletics worshippers.