Gudaf Wins 3000m in Birmingham World Indoor Final

Gudaf Wins 3000m in Birmingham World Indoor Final

Ethiopian athlete Gudaf Tsegay narrowly missed out on 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 on 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)