Genzebe Dibaba Training By Jama Aden
Genzebe Dibaba Keneni Afaan Oromo: Ganzabee Dibaabaa; born 8 February 1991) is an Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner. She is the sister of three-times Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba and Olympic silver medallist Ejegayehu Dibaba, and the cousin of former Olympic champion Derartu Tulu.
She was the 2012 World Indoor Champion for the 1500 m, and is the reigning 2014 World Indoor Champion and World Indoor Record Holder in the 3000 m. She represented Ethiopia at the 2012 Summer Olympics and has twice competed at the World Championships in Athletics (2009 and 2011). She was highly successful as a junior (under-20) athlete, having won two junior world cross country titles and one world junior 5000 m gold medal. At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, she became World Champion in 1500 m as well as claiming the bronze medal in the 5000 m event. She was named Laureus Sportswoman of the Year for the 2014 year alongside male winner counterpart Novak Djokovic. and was 2015 IAAF World Athlete of the Year
She is the current world record holder for the 1500 m (both indoor and outdoor), the indoor 3000 m, the indoor 5000 m, the indoor mile, and the indoor two mile.
During 2015 she changed shoe sponsor. In February in XL-Galan, Stockholm she ran for Adidas and in March in Carlsbad (CA, USA) she had her first official competition in Nike dress in the 5k-race, where she with small margin missed the world record. The change of sponsor is associated with the change of manager – from Dutch Jos Hermens (Global Sports Communication) to Swedish Ulf Saletti. The manager change happened a few month before the sponsor change. Saletti is meeting director at Stockholm XL-Galan where she on 19 February 2015 repeated the achievement from the year before by setting a world record, now at 5000 meter with 14:18.86.
Genzebe won the women’s 5000m at the 2015 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon in a then-personal best time of 14:19.76. She then went on to win the 5000m at the Diamond League Meet Areva in Paris on July 4 in a new personal best time of 14:15:41. This was her fifth 5000 meter run under 14:30. Only four days later, in Barcelona, she set a new African record for the 1500m of 3:54.11 (video), virtually single handedly running the fastest 1500 in the world in 18 years and the ninth fastest of all time. 6 of the 8 times ahead of her were run in two races at the 1993 Chinese National Games, where much of the running community believes the communist government was sponsoring a doping scheme in the days before serious drug testing was required. On 17 July 2015 in Monaco, Genzebe broke the 1500m world record, which had previously been considered near-unbreakable, in a time of 3:50:07.
At the World Championships in Beijing, she would become World Champion in 1500 m as well as claiming the bronze medal in the 5000 m event.
She was named the female IAAF World Athlete of the Year for 2015.
In February 2016, Genzebe competed in Stockholm’s Globen Galan meeting. She ran the indoor mile in 4 minutes and 13.31 seconds, breaking Doina Melinte’s 26-year-old world record of 4:17.14 which had been set in 1990.
About Her Coach Jama Aden
Jama Mohamed Aden is a Somali former middle-distance runner and coach who ran for Farleigh Dickinson University as well as representing Somalia throughout the 1980s. He would go on to pursue a career in coaching world-class middle-distance athletes. He is the older brother of former competitive runner Ibrahim Mohamed Aden.
Aden earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology at George Mason University, after which he pursued a coaching career. He was assisting John Cook in coaching countryman and GMU runner Abdi Bile before he won the gold medal at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics. Among the successful runners Aden has coached himself are two-times 800 metres world indoor champion Abukaker Kaki Khamis, 2008 Beijing Olympics 800 metres silver-medalist Ismael Ahmed Ismael, 2012 London Olympics 1500 metres champion Taoufik Makhloufi, 2012 world junior 1500 metres champion Hamza Driouch, 2013 world indoor champion and indoor world record holder at 1000 metres Ayanleh Souleiman, and several times world champion and world record holder at 1500 metres indoor and outdoor as well as Mile, 3000 and 5000 metres indoor – Genzebe Dibaba. In 2011 Aden was selected as the most worthy of 132 candidates from 16 Arab countries who contended for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Sports Excellence.
After both had run world indoor records in Stockholm Globengalan (former XL Galan) February 17, 2016 Dibaba (mile) and Souleiman (1000 m) expressed their gratitude to their coach. Souleiman said: “I want to thank my coach, Jama Aden, for working so hard with me.” In the same meeting another of Jama Aden’s athletes, 18-year-old Abdalelah Haroun produced a 500 metres world best time and became first man ever running below 60 seconds indoor.
In an interview from November 2012 in Swedish daily news paper Dagens Nyheter, Aden describes his coaching philosophy and compares with differences between Europe and Africa. He says it takes time to become a top athlete and runner. “Have the Europeans become lazy?” he was asked, he replies: “No not at all. It’s not about laziness. But it takes time for results to come in elite running, therefore you don’t prioritise it”. He also reveals his satisfaction when Makhloufi crossed the line as winner of the Blue Ribbon event of the Olympics, the 1500 metres, in London 2012. “I was speechless. I felt that all hard work paid back at that moment”. He then goes on and explains the importance of full time coaching if you want to have long term success.
“If you look at the coaches in running today who have had success, like Alberto Salazar with Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, myself, Peter Coe and Harry Wilson, who coached Steve Ovett, we are, or have been, full time coaches. I live next to my athletes and they are like my family. In Sweden, you coach part time. Then it becomes more difficult for the runner to achieve great success”.