Rio 2016 Olympics: Genzebe Dibaba Takes Silver Medal in the Women’s 1,500 Meters

Genzebe Dibaba finishes second in the women's 1,500 meters at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016. (Getty Images)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

New York (TADIAS) — Genzebe Dibaba took the silver medal in the women’s 1,500 meters final at the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil on Tuesday.

Genzebe came in second in 4:10.27 following the winner Faith Kipyegon of Kenya who finished the race in 4:08.92. The bronze medal went to American Jenny Simpson who like Genzebe won the first-ever Olympic medal for her country in the 1,500 meters.

“The bell sounded for the last lap and Dibaba was chased by Kipyegon and Muir as the trio opened up a gap on the rest of the field,” IAAF reports. “Dibaba held pole position through 1200m, passed in 3:23.90, but Kipyegon was still close behind. Meanwhile, Hassan and USA’s Jenny Simpson set out in pursuit of the top three. Kipyegon took the lead with 200 metres remaining, while Hassan, Simpson and Shannon Rowbury had caught Muir on the top of the final bend. There was no catching Kipyegon, though, who was away and clear, the Kenyan crossing the line in 4:08.92 after covering the last lap in 58.79.”

IAAF notes: Both Dibaba and Simpson earned their respective countries’ first ever Olympic medals in the women’s 1500m.”

Last week, Genzebe’s elder sister Tirunesh Dibaba claimed the bronze medal in the women’s 10,000m — a race that was won by fellow teammate Almaz Ayana who broke the world record winning Ethiopia’s first gold at Rio Olympics.

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