Gudaf Tsegay Shattered The Women's 5,000m World Record
Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia broke Kenyan Faith Kipyegon's previous record of 14:00.21 seconds on Sunday in the Eugene Diamond League finale.
Kenyan Beatrice Chebet came in second in 14:05.92, with Ethiopia's Ejgayehu Taye coming in third in 14:21.52. Tsegay set a scorching pace from the start and was pushed by Chebet as the two competitors broke away from the trailing pack.
With approximately 800 metres to go, she surged away from Chebet, who finished third in the distance at the Budapest World Championships, and had the crowd at Hayward Field on their feet as she battled against the clock.
She broke the tape at the same track where she won world championship gold in the distance last year, and she celebrated quietly.
Tsegay, who won the 10,000m at the World Championships in Budapest, dropped on the track in fatigue before heading to the fans to sign autographs.
The previous record of Kipyegon achieved at the Paris Diamond League was slashed by about five seconds.