Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay targets 10,000m world record at Prefontaine Classic

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Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay targets 10,000m world record at Prefontaine Classic

Festus Chuma 15:30 - 24.04.2024

Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay is aiming to break the 10,000m world record that was set by by Letesenbet Gidey in June 2021.

Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay has officially thrown her hat into the ring for what promises to be an electrifying showdown at the upcoming Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, United States. 

The reigning 10,000m world champion has set her sights on rewriting the record books by aiming to break Letesenbet Gidey's remarkable 10,000m world record of 29:01.03, set back in June 2021.

Tsegay boasts a personal best of 29:29.73 achieved during her triumphant run at last year's Ethiopian national championships. 

Her stellar performances have solidified her reputation as a force to be reckoned with in long-distance running, culminating in a gold medal victory at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest.

The road to success has not been without its challenges, as evidenced by Tsegay's silver medal finish in the 3000m final at the World Indoor Championships, where she narrowly missed out on the top spot. 

However, undeterred by setbacks, Tsegay kicked off her outdoor season with a bang at the Xiamen Diamond League, coming tantalizingly close to breaking Faith Kipyegon's 1500m world record.

In a stunning display of her versatility, Tsegay concluded the 2023 outdoor season by smashing the 5000m world record at the Diamond League final, further cementing her status as one of the sport's brightest stars. 

With the Paris Olympics on the horizon, Tsegay finds herself at a crossroads, contemplating which events to focus on for the prestigious competition.

"Which one? I don’t know. I will see with my coach…Maybe three or maybe two," she said as per Citius Mag.

The possibility of emulating Sifan Hassan's remarkable triple at the Tokyo Olympics looms large, with Tsegay considering the 1500m, 5000m, and 10,000m as potential battlegrounds for Olympic glory.

If Tsegay opts to pursue the triple challenge, she will undoubtedly be following in the footsteps of Hassan, who clinched gold in the 5000m and 10,000m events, alongside a bronze in the 1500m. 

The prospect of such a feat adds an extra layer of intrigue to Tsegay's Olympic journey, as she seeks to etch her name in the annals of athletics history.

With the Prefontaine Classic looming large on the horizon, all eyes will be on Tsegay as she takes her first steps towards rewriting the record books and etching her name in sporting immortality.

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