Faith Kipyegon set a world record in the 5000m this morning, a week after becoming the fastest woman ever over 1500m.
- Faith Kipyegon broke Letesenbet Gidey’s 5000m world record set in 2020 by 1.42 seconds
- Kipyegon last week set the record in the 1500m, taking almost a second off the previous record
- Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma broke a 19-year-old world record in the men’s 3000m steeplechase
The two-time Olympic and world 1500m champion set the world record in the women’s 5000m in just her third elite race over the distance when she won at the Diamond League meet in Paris in 14 minutes, 5.20 seconds.
Last week at the Golden Gala meet in Florence, the 29-year-old Kenyan runner lowered the world record in the 1500m to 3 minutes, 49.11 seconds, taking almost a second off the previous mark of 3:50.07 set by Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia in 2015.
Kipyegon gave no indication ahead of the Paris meet that another world record was on her mind, but she powered around the last lap in 61.1 seconds to take 1.42 seconds off the previous mark set by Letesenbet Gidey in 2020.
Gidey placed second in 14:07.94, the third-fastest time ever for a woman over the 5000m.
“The world record was not in my plan, I just ran after Gidey — she is an amazing lady,” Kipyegon said.
“I don’t know what will be next. If my body is healthy, anything is possible.”
In the men’s side of the meet, Lamecha Girma broke a 19-year-old world record in the 3000m steeplechase.
The 22-year-old Ethiopian sped away in the final lap to cross in 7 minutes, 52.11 seconds, taking 1.52 seconds off the record set by Said Saeed Shaheen in 2004.
“I felt so fast during the race, so confident,” Girma said.
“The world record is not a surprise; it was my plan to beat it tonight in Paris. It’s the result of my full determination.”