Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay units 5,000m world report, practically breaking 14 minutes

On Sunday afternoon on the Diamond League Remaining in Eugene, Ore., world 10,000m champion Ethiopia’snearly 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.

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 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.

Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay within the ladies’s 5,000m at 2023 London Diamond League in July. Photograph: Kevin Morris

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 of three:53.09 in northern France.

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