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Daily News Roundup: World Record!

Daily News Roundup: World Record!
Jesse Squire

The reigning world indoor champion has just set yet another world indoor record. (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Just this afternoon, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba ran 3000 meters in 8:16.60 at the XL Galan in Stockholm. It’s a world indoor record, breaking countrywoman Meseret Defar’s 2007 record by a staggering 7.12 seconds (the biggest drop in that record in 32 years). It’s Dibaba’s second world record in less than a week.

Depending on who you ask, it’s the fastest legitimate time ever run, indoors or out. The only faster marks (five of them) were run in the September ’93 Chinese National Games, a meet with no international observers, with unusually fast times across the board, and an overall air of unbelievability.

What comes next? Who knows. Obviously this race has to be the video of the day.


Runner’s World’s Morning Report has all of yesterday’s news: LA asked to give more Olympic Trials prize money; Geoffrey Mutai and Ezekiel Kemboi targeting world records, and more.

Besides hitting all the morning headlines in his daily Oregon track & field rundown, Ken Goe asks what happened to the Pepsi Team Invitational. The quadrangular meet had been an annual Oregon affair since 1987 but is down to a dual this year. When pressed, coach Robert Johnson refused to talk about it, and former coach and now assistant AD Vin Lananna would only say “RJ wanted to have this schedule”. A couple of weeks ago I asked Johnson about the same thing via e-mail, and he was similarly evasive: “We just wanted to change things up a little bit this year”.

Recall that a previous Oregon track coach, Martin Smith, wasn’t terribly friendly with press or fans either, and the Ducks didn’t get as much love from either then as they do now. Home attendance numbers were not very good (by Oregon standards) under Smith’s tenure. There is no guarantee that college track will remain as popular at Hayward Field as it is now, yet the NCAA is locked into an eight-year agreement for Oregon to host the outdoor national championships.

Britain’s Education Secretary, Michael Gove, recently suggested using running as a form of punishment for misbehaving students. ’76 Olympic 10k medalist Brendan Foster is none too happy about running being made into a bad thing. All I can say is that under such a regime, I would have had no second thoughts about causing as much trouble as possible.
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Usain Bolt news: once again, he’ll run at the Paris stop on the Diamond League tour, and a tax break may open the door for him to run in Glasgow.

The Bowerman Award watch lists were updated yesterday and today–men here, women here.


Full results of the XL Galan


  1. Let’s hope this is not the end of the Pepsi Team Invitational at UO, or a permanent change to a dual meet from the long-standing multi-team scored meet. While Coach Johnson declined to discuss this, it could be related to a coaching decision to hold off on having his big guns compete until later in April. The Pepsi team invite is always held early in April, too close to the end of indoor and too far out from the championship meets in May. What has changed from 10 or 20 years is a much greater emphasis on indoor track at UO. Until the Dempsey Center opened at UW, there weren’t that many indoor venues to compete at for Oregon. Then they started winning national indoor titles so it has become very important, but you can’t have your top kids competing from January to June. You have to pick your spots. At least this is what I am guessing is the reasoning. I think the fans will be ok with it (because of the other major meets coming to Eugene it won’t be missed that much), but it would still be nice for Robert Johnson to address the issue.

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