Athlete Dawit Breaks World 5km Record as Ethiopians Dominate Urban Trail Lille, France

ADDIS ABABA – Athlete Dawit Seyaum took two seconds off the world record for 5 kilometres in a mixed race, winning at the Urban Trail Lille event in France on Saturday with 14:41.

Dawit registered the stunning result in her fourth attempts on road race of her career, reports World Athletics (WA).

Kenyan world-leading steeplechaser, Norah Jeruto, finished second in 14:43, while the African 5000m bronze medallist and another Ethiopian, Meskerem Mamo, concluded the race third in 14:55.

Dawit’s winning performance comes just two months after another Ethiopian Athlete, Senbere Teferi, set a women-only world record of 14:29 for the distance in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

In the men’s race, Diamond League 5000m champion Berihu Aregawi of Ethiopia came within one second of Joshua Cheptegei’s world record, winning by more than half a minute in 12:52, according to AW.

Hosea Kiplangat of Uganda was second in 13:25, finishing four seconds ahead of Ethiopia’s Yasin Haji.

There was further Ethiopian success in the men’s 10km as the relatively unheralded Chimdesa Debele Gudeta won in 27:16 from Kenya’s Kenneth Kiprop (27:25).

Steeplechase specialist Celliphine Chespol won the women’s 10km in 30:21 from fellow Kenyan Daisy Cherotich (30:33).

Leading results


1 Dawit Seyaum (ETH) 14:41
2 Norah Jeruto (KEN) 14:43
3 Meskerem Mamo (ETH) 14:55

1 Celliphine Chespol (KEN) 30:21
2 Daisy Cherotich (KEN) 30:33
3 Glorious Jepkurui (KEN) 30:50
4 Abersh Minsewo (ETH) 30:58


1 Berihu Aregawi (ETH) 12:52
2 Hosea Kiplangat (UGA) 13:25
3 Yasin Haji (ETH) 13:29

1 Chimdesa Debele Gudeta (ETH) 27:16
2 Adeledelew Mamo (ETH) 27:27
3 Jacob Kosgei (KEN) 27:40


Featured Image caption: Dawit Seyaum breaks the world 5km record at the Urban Trail Lille (Photo Delobelphotography)