Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay units 5,000m global file, just about breaking 14 mins


On Sunday afternoon on the Diamond League ultimate in Eugene, Ore., global 10,000m champion Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia virtually accomplished the unthinkable: breaking the ladies’s 5,000m global file in 14:00.20 and just about changing into the primary girl in historical past to run a 5K below 14 mins.

Tsegay surpassed the former 5,000m global file of 14:05.20, which used to be set via her rival Religion Kipyegon previous this 12 months on the Paris Diamond League, via 5 seconds, scuffling with with global cross-country champion Beatrice Chebet till the general 3 laps, when the Ethiopian pulled forward.

The tempo for the 5,000m ultimate used to be 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 ultimate 800m to shake off Chebet and transform the primary girl to significantly threaten the 14-minute 5K barrier. Chebet completed 2d at the back of Tsegay in 14:05.92, the third-fastest time in historical past. Ethiopia’s Ejgayehu Taye rounded out the Diamond League 5,000m ultimate podium in 14:21.52. Kipyegon selected to run the 1,500m on Saturday and didn’t input the ladies’s 5,000m on the Prefontaine Vintage.

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

Tsegay had an up-and-down 2023 season, successful the arena 10,000m identify in Budapest, then completing a disappointing thirteenth on the planet 5,000m ultimate a couple of days later.

That is the second one global file of Tsegay’s profession. In 2021, she ran an indoor 1,500m global file of three:53.09 in France.


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