Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey broke the world record in the 10,000 meters


Letesenbet Gidey became the first woman to hold world records in both the 5,000 m and 10,000 m. The first to do so was Ingrid Kristiansen, from 1986-1993.

Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey broke the 10,000-meter women’s world record on Tuesday on the same track the Dutchman Sifan Hassan had set the previous record, just two days before.

Specifically, only 54 hours passed between the two records!

Gidey’s new record time is 29 minutes and 1.03 seconds, set at the trial in Hengelo, the Netherlands.

Gidey, 23, finished more than a minute ahead of Tsigie Gebreselama.

“I was expecting a world record,” Gidey said. “I would like to try to break the world record again and go down in less than 29 minutes.”

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