ADDIS ABABA – A world record tumbled on Saturday when Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi triumphed in the 5 km distance at an event in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
Senbere, the 2015 world 5000m silver medalist, ran away from her opponents after the first kilometre with an incredible solo effort, winning the 5km in 14:29.
Not only did it break the women-only world record of 14:44 set by Beatrice Chepkoech and the 14:43 outright world record set by Sifan Hassan in a mixed race, she also bettered the fastest 5km clocking in history of 14:32, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei before the distance became an official world record event.
“I’m so happy,” said Senbere, who finished sixth in the 5,000m at the Tokyo Olympics.
“After the Olympics, I knew I was ready to go after this world record,” she told World Athletics (WA).
Another Ethiopian teenager Melknat Wudu and a double medalist at the World U20 Championships, finished at 14:54 second, just ahead of compatriot Nigisti Haftu.
Kenyan Smashes 10km WR
In the 10km event at the same venue, Kenya’s Agnes Tirop won with a time of 30 minutes and one second.
She Finis ahead of Sheila Chepkirui and shaving 28 seconds off the record previously set by Morocco’s Asmae Leghzaoui 19 years ago.
Tirop, a twice world 10,000m bronze medalist said she was “so happy to have broken the world record”.
“I felt the pace was good and Sheila assisted me a lot. The course was very good too,” Triop told WA.
Featured Image: Athlete Senbere breaks the world 5km record in Herzogenaurach (Photo AW)