The Kenyan 23-year-old improved on the previous women-only world record of 14:29 set by Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi in Herzogenaurach on 12 September 2021.
Beatrice Chebet has ended 2023 in style after smashing the 5 kilometer world record , completing the finish line with a time of 14:13 at the Cursa dels Nassos in Barcelona .
The Kenyan 23-year-old improved on the previous women-only world record of 14:29 set by Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi in Herzogenaurach on 12 September 2021, while her performance is also faster than the women’s world record set in a mixed race of 14:19, achieved by Ethiopia’s Ejegayehu Taye at the 2021 Cursa dels Nassos.
Taye finished second behind Chebet on this occasion, clocking 14:21, while Kenya’s Lilian Kasait Rengeruk was third in 14:25 as the top three – all 5km medallists at the World Athletics Road Running Championships Riga 23 in October – dipped under the previous women-only world record mark. Uganda's Joy Cheptoyek was also inside that mark, finishing fourth in 14:27.
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Prior to her world 5km title win in Riga, Chebet also claimed the world cross country crown in Bathurst in February and won world 5000m bronze in Budapest in August.
Kenyan contigent of Lilian Kasait Rengeruk and Joy Cheptoyek finished third and fourth respectively, with Rengeruk clocking 14:25 and Joy Cheptoyek with a commendable time of 14:27.
The race unfolded under near-perfect weather conditions, greatly contributing to the athletes' extraordinary performances.
Medina Eisa set a blistering pace as the lead pacer, guiding the field through the first 3km in a rapid 8:40. But it was Chebet who seized control in the crucial stages of the race.
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Taking the lead after the 3km mark, she demonstrated an unmatched level of endurance and speed, powering through the course with relentless determination.
Chebet's record-breaking run has not only etched her name in the annals of athletic history but has also raised the bar for women's road racing.
Her triumph in Barcelona is a testament to her exceptional talent and unwavering dedication to her sport.
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The world eagerly awaits what this remarkable athlete will achieve next in her already illustrious career.
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