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Athletics Governing body Ratifies World 5km Record for Senbere

ADDIS ABABA – World record of 14:29 by Senbere Teferi over 5km set last year in Herzogenaurach, Germen, has been ratified by the World Athletics (WA).

The world athletics governing body made the announcement of ratifying the record on Wednesday.

Senbere’s record was ratified along with another world record of 30:01 by the late Agnes Tirop over women only 10km road race in Herzogenaurach town, Germany’s Bavaria.

Just moments after the 10km race in the same city, 2015 world 5000m silver medallist Senbere ran away from her opponents after the first kilometer with an incredible solo effort, winning the 5km by 25 seconds in 14:29.

The Ethiopian ran with the pack for the first kilometer, covered just inside three minutes. Then, sensing that the pace wasn’t quite fast enough to challenge the world record, set off on her own and covered the second kilometer in 2:49.

By 3km, which she reached in about 8:43, Senbere had an eight-second lead over the chase pack.

She continued to forge ahead, passing 4km in 12:07 and then ended with a 2:52 final kilometer to cross the finish line in 14:29, breaking the women-only world record of 14:44 set by Sifan Hassan in Monaco on 17 February 2019.

“I’m so happy,” said Senbere. “After the Olympics, I knew I was ready to go after this world record.”

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