Genzebe Dibaba will return to the Prefontaine Classic on 26 May, the first day of the IAAF Diamond League meeting, and attempt to add the 5000m world record to her outstanding collection of achievements.
This year’s Friday night session has been named ‘Joan Benoit Samuelson Night’ in honour of the 1984 Olympic marathon champion. Six other elite international and national women’s events will be held and admission on Friday is once again free.
Genzebe often leaves pacemakers outdistanced, as she did two years ago on a perfectly warm afternoon in the Pre Classic 5000m, running by herself to set a US all-comers’ record of 14:19.76. It was just one of many triumphs in her racing career that includes setting a world 1500m record that summer at 3:50.07, breaking a mark that had stood for 22 years.
After a sterling indoor campaign last year saw her set a world record in the mile and win the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Dibaba went on to take the 1500m silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
She returned to record-breaking form this year, setting an outright world 2000m record in an indoor race in February. She now has history’s fastest time indoors in six events from the 1500m to the 5000m.
Genzebe Dibaba will renew her 10-year rivalry with Kenya’s Mercy Cherono. The 2013 world 5000m silver medalist beat Genzebe on four occasions in 2014, while she gained revenge four times from 2015 onwards. Ethiopia’s Senberi Teferi edged Dibaba to the world 5000m silver medal in 2015. The 22-year-old will be making her US debut.