Genzebe Dibaba in the 3000m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 (© Getty Images)
Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba will contest the 1500m and 3000m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 on 1-4 March.
The 27-year-old has earned three world indoor titles, winning the 1500m in 2012 and the 3000m in 2014 and 2016. A slightly more forgiving schedule for this year’s edition – with the 3000m held as a straight final on Thursday night, followed by the 1500m heats on Friday and the 1500m final on Saturday – means Dibaba will double up for the first time at a World Indoor Championships.
Fellow defending 3000m champion Yomif Kejelcha has also been named on the team and will be joined by world indoor leader Selemon Barega.
Ethiopia has named three athletes in several events. Pending the conclusion of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, some may be eligible to compete as a wild card entrant or may simply be entered as a reserve.
Ethiopian team for Birmingham
800m: Mohammed Aman
1500m: Samuel Tefera, Taresa Tolosa, Aman Wote
3000m: Selemon Barega, Hagos Gebrhiwet, Yomif Kejelcha
800m: Habitam Alemu
1500m: Genzebe Dibaba, Dawit Seyaum, Gudaf Tsegay
3000m: Genzebe Dibaba, Dawit Seyaum, Fantu Worku