Gudaf Tsegay Breaks Faith Kipyegon’s World Record, Wins Diamond League Trophy

Gudaf Tsegay Breaks Faith Kipyegon’s World Record, Wins Diamond League Trophy

Martin Moses
updated at September 18, 2023 at 8:27 AM
  • One of Faith Kipyegon's spectacular achievements this season was undone at the Diamond League finals
  • Gudaf Tsegay obliterated the 5000m World Record that Kipyegon set in June
  • The Ethiopian beat Kenyan Beatrice Chebet, who finished in second place

Gudaf Tsegay ran a breathtaking race to shatter the women's 5000m world record at the Diamond League finals at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on September 17.

Tsegay clocked 14:00.21 to shave off at least 5 seconds of the record Faith Kipyegon set at the Paris Diamond League on June 9 (14:05:20).

Faith Kipyegon, Gudaf Tsegay, Ethiopia, World Record, Diamond League final
Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia is the new world record holder in the women's 5000m. Photo by Sven Hoppe.
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The Ethiopian beat Kenyan Beatrice Chebet to the trophy, weeks after finishing an underwhelming 13th at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

The 26-year-old had a mixed outing in the Hungarian capital, where she won the 10,000m world title after the dramatic Sifan Hassan fall.

Chebet had managed to keep Tsegay in check before the latter peeled off with less than two laps to go. With the green wavelength ahead of her, Tsegay took the bell at 12:55, signifying the development of something special in the offing. She powered on to write her name in the history books.

The world record now heads back to Ethiopia. Kipyegon had broken Letesenbet Gidey's record, which was set in 2020.

Chebet ran a personal best time of 14:05.92, which is now the third-fastest time in the history of the event. Ethiopian Taye came in third with 14:21.52.

Tsegay is now a double world record holder as she also holds the fastest indoor 1500m time as captured by World Athletics.

Diamond League finals men's 100m report

Sports Brief had earlier reported that former World Champion Christian Coleman stunned Noah Lyles to win the 2023 Diamond League final in Eugene on September 16.

Kenya's hero and Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala finished third behind the Americans in his first-ever finals.

Coleman tied the world lead, clocking 9.83 seconds to beat Lyles' 9.85. Omanyala clocked a similar 9.85 but was adjudged to have been behind by a thousandth of a second by the photo-finish rule.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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