10,000m world record for Kenyan Beatrice Chebet in Eugene

10,000m world record for Kenyan Beatrice Chebet in Eugene
10,000m world record for Kenyan Beatrice Chebet in Eugene

Scheduled to open the meeting in Eugene (Oregon) on Saturday and serving as the Kenyan selections for the Worlds, the women’s 10,000m saw the victory of the Kenyan Beatrice Chebet (24 years old), who seized the world record in 28’54’14”, knocking off the shelves the 29’01”03 of the Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey achieved in 2021.

Chebet, double world cross champion (2023, 2024) beat the Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay (29’05”92, 3rd time in history over the distance) and the Kenyan Lilian Rengeruk (29’26”89 ). Double world medalist in the 5,000 m (2nd in 2022, 3rd in 2023), Chebet competed this Saturday in Oregon in only the second 10,000 m of her career, and the first since 2020. She therefore becomes the first woman to run the distance in less than 29 minutes.

Perfect weather conditions

Under an overcast sky and in perfect conditions for this discipline (around 13 degrees, light wind), Chebet was able to benefit from the encouragement of an enthusiastic public, the work of three pace leaders until halfway, and “wavelight” diodes giving the tempo of the trackside record.

She also took advantage of the hard work of a fourth unofficial “hare”, remaining in the wake of the Ethiopian world champion Gudaf Tsegay until three laps from the finish. The race had in fact been built for Tsegay to break the world record, but Chebet was able to maintain the pace before restarting at the opportune moment, to complete his first 10,000 m at a very high level. She announced after the race that she would aim for the 5,000m – 10,000m double at the Paris Olympics.

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