Lamecha Girma breaks the world 3000m Steeplechase record in Paris (photo © diamond league paris)
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Lamecha Girma Breaks World 3000m Steeplechase Record in Paris

Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma set a new 3000m steeplechase world record in the Paris Diamond League meeting on Friday.

Lemecha almost got a bit carried away mid-race, though, and ran well ahead of the wavelights through the middle section of the race.

With two laps to go, the sound of the bell and the reaction of the crowd seemingly gave him added impetus on the final lap as he moved clear of the lights once more.

He then sped around the final lap in about 64 seconds, crossing the line in 7:52.11, taking 1.52 seconds off the world record set 19 years ago by Said Saeed Shaheen.

Kipyegon Breaks Letesenbet’s 5000m WR

Letesenbet Gidey was unable to stop Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon from breaking her 5000m record in the Diamond League meeting.

Kipyegon crossed the line in 14:05.20 – a 1.42-second improvement on Letesenbet’s mark.

It was Kipyegon’s second world record in a week. The Kenyan smashed the 1500m world record in Florence seven days ago with a time of 3:49.11.

“I did not think about the WR, I do not know how I made it,” the Kenyan said.

“It was all about giving my best. I just wanted to improve on my PB, the WR was not my plan. I just ran after Gidey, she is an amazing lady.”

Letesenbet finished second in 14:07.94, the third-fastest time in history, while her compatriot Ejgayehu Taye came third in 14:13.31.