Oslo, Norway – About two-thirds of the way through her record-breaking run at the ExxonMobil Bislett Games – IAAF Golden League 2007 – Meseret Defar knew that she truly was on the road to something special. In fact, she said, she was feeling so good on this still, nearly perfect evening that there was absolutely no uncertainty in her mind that she would break her own World record in the 5000 metres.
“No, I had no doubts,” the reigning Olympic champion said after knocking nearly eight seconds from her own World mark with her sensational 14:16.63 run at Bislett Stadium. “Especially after I ran through the first 3000 metres. I knew I was going to run under 14:20.”
Indeed, Defar passed the 3000m mark in just under 8:34, nearly eight seconds faster than the pace which brought her the old mark in New York City just over one year ago. At that point, her goal was all but secure.