Gudaf Wins 3000m in Birmingham World Indoor Final

Ethiopian athlete Gudaf Tsegay has narrowly missed out the world indoor record in her 3000m win in Birmingham on Saturday.

The 26-year-old finished the race at the World Athletics Indoor Tour final in 8:16:09, missing out the record by 0.09 of a second.

The current world indoor 3000m record of 8:16.60 was set by another Ethiopian athlete Genzebe Dibaba in Stockholm in 2014.

The result in Bermingham helped Gudaf to stay second on the world indoor all-time list for the decline, improving her previous 8:22.65 run in Madrid in 2021.

After her 4:16.16 mile in Torun, it’s the second time this month that Gudaf has achieved the second-best performance in history behind a world record held by Genzebe.

“It was so close,” said Ethiopia’s world 5000m champion Gudaf after Saturday’s indoor final.

“My body is more tired from traveling, but I am sure that I will get the world record next time,” she added.

Her compatriot and the world U20 5000m gold medallist Mizan Alem finished second in 8:31.20 and Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen was third in 8:35.14.

Featured Image: Gudaf Tsegay running at the World Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Lievin (Photo © Dan Vernon)

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