On Sunday afternoon on the Diamond League Remaining in Eugene, Ore., world 10,000m champion Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay nearly achieved the unthinkable: breaking the ladies’s 5,000m world report in 14:00.20—practically turning into the primary girl in historical past to run a 5K beneath 14 minutes.
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Gudaf Tsegay smashes the ladies’s 5,000m world report with a time of 14:00.21 to turn out to be Diamond League champion pic.twitter.com/VamuEr3PWr
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Tsegay surpassed the earlier 5,000m world report of 14:05.20 by 5 seconds, which was set by her rival Religion Kipyegon earlier this 12 months on the Paris Diamond League. Tsegay battled with world cross-country champion Beatrice Chebet till the ultimate three laps when the Ethiopian pulled forward.
The tempo for the 5,000m remaining was set for 14:00 flat, with the pacers taking Tsegay and Chebet via 3,000m in 8:26.03. Tsegay threw down a 2:09 remaining 800m to shake off Chebet and turn out to be the primary girl to threaten the 14-minute 5K barrier. Chebet completed second behind Tsegay in 14:05.92, the third-fastest time in historical past. Ethiopia’s Ejgayehu Taye rounded out the Diamond League 5,000m remaining podium in 14:21.52. Kipyegon selected to run the 1,500m on Saturday and didn’t enter the ladies’s 5,000m on the Prefontaine Basic.
Tsegay had an up-and-down 2023 season, successful the world 10,000m title in Budapest, then ending a disappointing thirteenth place on the earth 5,000m remaining a number of days later.
That is the second world report of Tsegay’s profession. In 2021, she ran an indoor 1,500m world report of three:53.09 in northern France.