I’m in Torun, Poland, to cover Friday’s evening’s Copernicus Cup IAAF World Indoor Tour track meet for the IAAF, the sport’s international governing body. Here’s my general preview which focuses on the appearance of Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba who broke the world record over 2000m last night in Sabadell, Spain.
Arriving on the heels of the world 2000m record she set on Tuesday, Genzebe Dibaba will command the spotlight when the IAAF World Indoor Tour resumes with the Copernicus Cup meeting in the northern Polish city of Torun on Friday (10).
This city of 200,000 is best known as the birthplace of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, whose model of the universe revolutionized the way we look at the stars by placing the sun at its center.
This Friday the city’s centre of attention – and that of the athletics world – will fall on the Torun Arena for the third edition of the meeting honoring its famed Renaissance mathematician where Dibaba will make her second of three scheduled appearances this winter.
On Tuesday night, the world 1500m champion clocked 5:23.75 over 2000m in Sabadell, Spain, the fastest time ever run over the distance, indoors or out. Her performance eclipsed both Gabriella Szabo’s 5:30.53 indoor best set in 1998 and Sonia O’Sullivan’s outdoor world record of 5:26.88 set in 1994, giving Dibaba an early present on the eve of her 26th birthday. It also illustrated that the Ethiopian is clearly in strong form leading up to her only indoor 1500m appearance of the indoor season.