Gudaf Tsegay shattered the women’s 5,000m world record during Sunday’s Diamond League final in Oregon, USA.
The 26-year-old won the race recording a time of 14 minutes 00.21 seconds, five seconds faster than the previous record of 14 minutes 05.20 seconds, set by Kenyan star Faith Kipyegon in Paris earlier this summer.
Kipyegon’s compatriot, Beatrice Chebet, finished second in the race, with a time of 14 minutes 05.92 seconds – just shy of the previous world record.
But it was the reigning 10,000m champion Tsegay who would be victorious, setting a sharp pace throughout, notably meeting the world record pace with three laps to go.
She would subsequently pull away from her immediate chaser, Chebet, with Tsegay going on to beat her previous personal best in the race by 12 seconds.
The 26-year-old won the race recording a time of 14 minutes 00.21 seconds, five seconds faster than the previous world record
Not long after her victory, another world record was broken, with Armand Duplantis claiming the men’s pole vault title, clearing 5.62m and 5.82m before raising the bar one centimetre above his previous best to 6.23m, and he made no mistake getting over the mark.
It was the 23-year-old’s seventh world record in the last fourth years, with the Olympic champion notably claiming his first title at the track in Eugene back in July 2022.
Speaking after winning the event, the Swedish athlete said that he would be drinking in the moment instead of turning his mind to his chances of winning at the Paris Olympics next year.
‘I’m not thinking about next year that much – I’m going to enjoy this moment and enjoy this with my family tonight. Next year is next year,’ he said.
Keely Hodgkinson of Great Britain finished second in the women’s 800m while Shericka Jackson of Jamaica claimed the 100 and 200m double.