Hengelo (The Netherlands): Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey clocked 29 minutes 01.3 seconds to break the women’s 10,000-metre world record by five seconds during the Ethiopian athletics trials here.
“I expected to run a world record. I would like to try to break the 29-minute [barrier] in 10,000m in future,” the 23 years old said in the post-race interaction.
Last year, Letesenbet set a world 5000m record of 14 minutes 06.62 seconds. The Ethiopian is the first woman to hold both the 5000m and 10,000m world records since Norway’s Ingrid Kristiansen who held both the records from 1986 to 1993.
Dutch distance star Sifan Hassan had clocked a world 10,000m record of 29:06.82 on the same track in Hengelo.
The women’s 5,000m was won by Gudaf Tsegay in 14 minutes 13.32 seconds.