Women’s 3,000 meters at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe 2023: Will African athletes retain their dominance?

In recent years, the 3,000 meters at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe has been firmly in the hands of Ethiopia's women's team. Now, the question is whether this will be the case on 27 January, 2023 as well. In any case, Ethiopia will be represented by a strong team of female runners this coming Friday, meaning the race is likely to be fast. Axumawit Embaye, who won in the women's 1,500 meters last year, will be in the running. Besides the 1,500 meters, the 28 year-old also took the silver medal in the 2022 World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade. She ran her personal best time of 8:49.52 minutes for the 3,000 meters indoors in 2017, at the INIT INDOOR MEETING. Hailu Lemlem, who is only 21 years old, is coming to Karlsruhe with the fastest 3,000 meter time of 8:29.28 minutes. She was also successful at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade last year, taking gold with a time of 8:41.82 minutes. Next in the pack is the 27 year-old Werkuha Getachew. She comes to the competition having taken silver in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at last year’s World Athletics Championships to start the World Indoor Tour Gold. Her personal best time for the 3,000 meters of 8:41.95 minutes is also remarkable, and she has a great chance of making the winner’s podium. Dawit Seyaum's personal best time indoors, which she ran at least year's Indoor Tour Meeting in the French city of Liévin, is even better. She also won her last medal last year. She took gold for the 5,000 meters at the World Athletics Championships. Her silver medal in the 1,500 meters at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in 2016 proves that she is also a contender at the shorter distances. It will also be exciting to see how Luiza Gega, the Albanian European Champion in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, will do against the competition from Africa.

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