Diribe Welteji wins the Women's 1500m race at the Prefontaine Classic (Image © Matthew Quine/WA)

Diribe Runs Personal best to Win 1500m in Eugene

Ethiopia’s Diribe Welteji has produced her personal best to win the women’s 1,500 race as Letesenbet Gidey’s 10,000m world record falls at the Prefontaine Classic.

In Eugene on Saturday, Diribe ran away with the 1500m victory in a personal best of 3:53.75, ahead of Australia’s Jessica Hull, second in PB 3:55.97, with Elle St. Pierre of the United States third in PB 3:56.00.

Diribe said “I’ve been waiting for this race for a long time… really happy with how the race turned out.”

Chebet Smashes 10,000m WR

Meanwhile, Beatrice Chebet of Kenya smashed the Women’s 10000 world record clocking 28:54.14 in her win on Saturday

The Kenyan took seven seconds off the previous world record of 29:01.03 that Letesenbet Gidey set in 2021.

Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay became the third-fastest all-time performer with her runner-up finish of 29:05.92, as four women ran faster than 30 minutes.

Kenya’s Lilian Kasait Rengeruk was third in 29:26.89.

Tsigie set world lead in 5000m

Tsigie Gebreselama took eight seconds off of Gudaf’s previous world leading time to win the 5000m in 14:18.76, a personal best.

The race was dominated by Ethiopians with a blistering battle down the home straight between Tsigie and Taye Ejgayehu. Tsigie eventually won it as Ethiopian women took all the top six places with Ejgayehu taking second in 14:18.92 and Freweyni Hailu third in 14:20.61.

Tsigie expected to triumph in the race after “really hard training” sessions and said the competition “was really hard but I ran a PB” to win it: “I’m very excited. I’m very happy.”