New York, USA – The Reebok Grand Prix, just two years old, has already seen world leaders, area records, and in 2006, a World record, when Meseret Defar ran an unexpected 14:24.53 for the women’s 5000m. In its third year, the meet, held in Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island, will again look for stellar early-season performances this Saturday (2) from top athletes, this time as the part of the IAAF World Athletics Tour 2007 and one of only two Grand Prix status meetings in the USA.
While Meseret Defar's world mark last year took even meet organizers by surprise – most of the reporters on hand were in the interview room with the 100m winners while the record was run – Tirunesh Dibaba's arrival at the same track, four months after she lowered her own indoor 5000m mark, can only suggest one thing.
Dibaba has indicated that she will attempt to defend her 5000m and 10,000m World Championship double in Osaka, and in the shorter race Defar is chief among her opposition. If conditions allow, as they did in 2006, Dibaba may try to take the outdoor record from Defar and add it to her own collection.