LONDON (July 23) – In a thrilling 5000m race at the Wanda Diamond League in London, Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia outpaced the competition, setting a new personal best (PB) of 14:12.29. This was her first 5000m race of the season, and she proved her mettle by outpacing Sifan Hassan, the Dutch Olympic champion, on the home straight.
“Today, it was all about my time. At the world championships, it is about the position. Today my coach wanted to look at my 5000m speed. We will decide about the World Champs 5000 or 10,000 nearer the time. My coach will decide about which or both to do,” said Tsegay after her victory.
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Tsegay, the 5000m World Champion of 2022 and the Olympic bronze medalist has started this season on a high note. Her performance in London has set the tone for what promises to be an exciting season in women’s long-distance running.
American Record For Alicia Monson!
In a race that saw multiple records being shattered, Alicia Monson of the United States set a new American record with a time of 14:19.45. Monson entered the race with a personal best of 14:31.11, and her performance in London has significantly improved upon that as she raced her way into the history books.
The previous American record in the women’s 5000m was 14:23.92, set by Shelby Houlihan in 2023.
Another standout performance came from Medina Eisa of Ethiopia, who sprinted past Hassan to set a new World U20 record with a time of 14:16.54.
Meanwhile, Sifan Hassan, who hasn’t run much this season, finished with a time of 14:13.42, an area record and personal best for her. Her previous race was 14:55.05 on June 24.
The Wanda Diamond League in London has been a stage for record-breaking performances in the past. The world record for the 5000m women’s race is held by Faith Kipyegon of Kenya, who set a time of 14:05.20 at Stade Charléty, Paris, on June 9, 2023.
Photo Credit: Gudaf Tsegay wins 5000m at Diamond League London 2023 title. Photo by Ed Hall
5000m Women’s Race Results – Wanda Diamond League London 2023
- Gudaf Tsegay (ETH) – 14:12.29 (MR, PB)
- Beatrice Chebet (KEN) – 14:12.92 (PB)
- Sifan Hassan (NED) – 14:13.42 (AR, PB)
- Medina Eisa (ETH) – 14:16.54 (WU20R)
- Alicia Monson (USA) – 14:19.45 (American Record, North American Record PB)
- Birke Haylom (ETH) – 14:37.94
- Melknat Wudu (ETH) – 14:39.36 (PB)
- Nadia Battocletti (ITA) – 14:41.30 (NR, PB)
- Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal (NOR) – 14:45.24
- Senayet Getachew (ETH) – 14:46.25 (PB)
- Elly Henes (USA) – 14:47.15 (PB)
- Maureen Koster (NED) – 14:47.52 (PB)
- Teresiah Muthoni Gateri (KEN) – 14:53.62 (SB)
- Girmawit Gebrzihair (ETH) – 14:54.01
- Megan Keith (GBR) – 14:56.98 (PB)
- Josette Andrews (USA) – 15:04.39
- Jessica Warner-Judd (GBR) – 15:06.21 (SB)
- Margaret Akidor (KEN) – DNF
- Mizan Alem (ETH) – DNF
- Rose Davies (AUS) – DNF
- AR: Area Record
- DNF: Did Not Finish
- MR: Meeting Record
- NR: National Record
- PB: Personal Best
- SB: Season Best
- WU20R: World U20 Record