Beatrice Chebet shatters the women’s 10,000m world record

On Saturday, May 25th, Beatrice Chebet made history by becoming the first woman to run 10,000m in under 29 minutes at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. In a non-Diamond League race that also served as the Kenyan trials for Paris 2024, Chebet was accompanied by Ethiopia’s reigning 10,000m world champion Gudaf Tsegay for most of the race. Chebet explained her strategy after the race, saying “I decided to follow Gudaf and see how my body responded.”

Chebet finished in an impressive time of 28:54.14 seconds, breaking Letesenbet Gidey’s previous record by almost seven seconds. Tsegay came in second with a new personal best of 29:05.92 seconds, which is the third-fastest time in history. Lilian Rengeruk finished third while Margaret Kipkemboi followed closely behind.

The men’s 10,000m race also took place before the start of the Diamond League events at Hayward Field on Saturday (May 25).

By Samantha Johnson

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