Genzebe attempted to light up one of the biggest indoor meets of the year by breaking the world record but came up short by 2.5 seconds after a solo run from halfway.
She remained on target to beat the World mark of 3:58.28 held by Yelena Soboleva of Russia, until she tightened up in the last 100m to clock 4:00.84.
Genzebe was the 2012 World Indoor Champion for the 1500 m and holds the Ethiopian record for the distance with her best of 3:57.77 minutes. 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-19) athlete, having won two junior world cross country titles and one world junior 5000 m gold medal.