ADDIS ABABA – Letesenbet Gidey has broken the women’s 10,000-metre world record, two days after Sifan Hassan broke it at the same track in the Netherlands.
The 23-year-old athlete set a new record of 29 minutes, 1.03 seconds at the Ethiopian Olympic trials, which are being held in Hengelo. She became the first woman to hold both the 5,000 and 10,000 world records since Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway in 1986.
The Ethiopian took 5.79 seconds off the mark set by Sifan on Sunday. Sifan, an Ethiopian-born Dutch runner, had bettered the previous record held by Almaz Ayanas by over 10 seconds.
“I expected to run a world record,” said Letesenbet. “I’d like to try to break the world record again and break 29 minutes.”
Letesenbet broke the 5,000m world record last October.
“What a special night, I am so proud that after the 5,000 metres world record I am now the 10,000 metres world record holder as well. In this Olympic year, it is the perfect preparation.”
This was only the fourth official 10,000m race of Letesenbet’s career, with the other three coming in 2019.
Her last time racing the distance was at the world championships in Doha, Qatar, where she won silver in her previous PB of 30:21.23.
With the Tokyo Games on the horizon, the athlete is the 10,000m world record holder, and she looks like a threat to win a pair of Olympic gold medals if she chooses to race the 5,000m-10,000m double.