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Monaco Diamond League: Ethiopia's Dibaba breaks world record in women's 1500m

Published:Friday | July 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba celebrates her World Record after winning the 1500m women's race at the Herculis International Athletics Meeting, at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco today.

Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba broke the women's 1500m world record in a dominant performance at the Monaco Diamond League meet at the Stade Louis II a short while ago.

Dibaba, 24, crossed the line in 3:50.07 splitting 60.3, 2:04, 3:04 and 3:50.7 to finish ahead of the Netherlands' Sifan Hassan, who posted a national record 3:56.05 and Shannon Rowbury (USA) who was third in an area record 3:56.29.

The Ethiopian's mark betters China's Yunxia Qu's, 3:50.46 posted in 1993.

In the men's 100m, Justin Gatlin ran without company to the finish line, posting 9.78 to win ahead of Tyson Gay, 9.97 and Jimmy Vicaut, 10.03 in a -0.3 wind.

Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade was sixth in 10.11.

Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 50.41 and Christine Day, 50.66 were second and third to Francena McCorory, 49.83 (world leading) to the line in the women's 400m.