At the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon, ten,000m globe champion Gudaf Tsegai of Ethiopia broke the five,000m globe record previously held by Kenya’s five,000m globe champion, Faith Kipiegon. Cegaj completed with a time of 14 minutes and 00.21 seconds, beating Kipjegon’s record by a considerable 5 seconds. Meanwhile, Kenya’s Emmanuel Wanyonyi, the globe 800m silver medalist, won his 1st Diamond League trophy in the 800m occasion.
Earlier this year, Kipjegon shocked everybody by breaking the globe record of yet another Ethiopian athlete, Letesenbet Giday, at the Diamond League in Paris with a time of 14:05.20. Gidi had previously set a record of 14:06.62 at Valencia 2020. In the Diamond League trophy race, Tsegai pulled away from Beatrice Chebet of Kenya, the globe five,000m bronze medallist, to safe her victory.
Chebet completed second in a individual ideal time of 14:05.92, closing in on Kipyegona’s national record and generating her the second quickest Kenyan more than the distance.
On the men’s side, Vanionii not only set a meet record, but also set a globe lead and individual ideal time of 1:42.80 in the 800m. This time he surpassed his preceding globe lead and individual ideal of 1:43.20, which he set at the Xiamen Diamond League race in China. As in Xiamen, Wanyonji chased down globe champion Mark Arop of Canada on his house turf to safe victory.
Arop completed second in a national record and individual ideal time of 1:42.85, though Djamel Sedjati, the African champion, was third in a individual ideal time of 1:43.06.