Selemin Barega wins the 5000m race in Suzhou with a 12:55.68 meet record. (Image © Luke Howard)

Selemon Barega Cruises to 5000m Win in Diamond League

Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega cruised to the 5000m victory at the second Diamond League meeting of the season in Suzhou.

The men’s 5000m was the penultimate race on Saturday evening and it saw the meeting record fall as the Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon got his season started with a win.

The 24-year-old, who closed his indoor campaign by gaining world 3000m bronze in Glasgow, held off the challenge posed by his 17-year-old compatriot Biniam Mehary, racing just his second-ever 5000m.

After battling down the back straight, Barega led off the final bend and was able to respond to Biniam’s strong finish to win, 12:55.68 to 12:56.37. Kenya’s world cross-country bronze medallist Benson Kiplangat was third in a PB of 12:58.78.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia’s 18-year-old Mekedes Alemeshete won the women’s 5000m race in 14:36.70 ahead of her compatriot Ayal Dagnachew (14:36.86).

The 2022 world 10,000m champion and world record-holder Letesenbet Gidey was third in 14:37.13.
It was Letesenbet’s first race since finishing second in the New York Marathon in November.