• Wednesday, 24 July 2024
Ethiopia's Gudaf Tsegay obliterates Faith Kipyegon 5,000m world record in Prefontaine Classic

Ethiopia's Gudaf Tsegay obliterates Faith Kipyegon 5,000m world record in Prefontaine Classic

Reigning World 10,000m champion Gudaf Tsegay smashed Faith Kipyegon’s 5000m world record time at the final Diamond League Meeting, Prefontaine Classic, happening in Eugene, USA.

The Ethiopian clocked 14:00.21 to cross the finish line ahead of Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet who clocked a Personal Best time of 14:05.92. Tsegay mercilessly destroyed Kipyegon's world record time which stood at 14:05.20. 

Passing the 400m mark, Ethiopia’s Birke Haylom led the pack running slightly behind the pacemakers. Her compatriot, Tsegay was running in second place as Chebet followed the duo closely.

The athletes passed the 800m mark, still running the first, second, and third places with Lilian Kasait running behind Chebet.

As they passed the 1600m mark, the trio was still in the lead but another Ethiopian Ejgayehu Taye was now coming up and had overtaken Kasait to run in fourth place.

With six laps to go, Haylom, the reigning World Under-20 1500m champion, was still leading the pack and was looking comfortable running in first place.

As they passed the 3000m mark, Tsegay took charge and Chebet followed her, now running in second place with Ejgayehu now running in third place. This was after Haylom withdrew from the race prematurely.

Passing the 4000m mark, the battle was now between Chebet and the reigning World 10,000m champion Tsegay who was also looking comfortable and not ready to give up on the trophy.

As they ran their last lap, Tsegay was too smart as she outclassed Chebet to take the top prize in a world record time of 14:00.21. 

Chebet finished second in a Personal Best time of 14:05.92 as another Ethiopian, Taye, completed the podium in a time of 14:21.52. Another Kenyan in the race, Kasait, finished fourth in 14:40.81.

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