Gudaf Tsegay destroys 5000m world record at Eugene Diamond League Final with 14:00.21

World champion Gudaf Tsegay smashed the women's 5,000m world record at the Eugene Diamond League Final in Oregon on Sunday, winning in 14:00.21.

By Jared Rigdon | University of Florida Athletic Association | Published on June 25, 2022

EUGENE, Oregon, (Sept. 17) – Ethiopian long-distance star Gudaf Tsegay set a new world record in the women’s 5000m, clocking an astonishing 14:00.21 at the Eugene Diamond League Final on Sunday.

The 26-year-old athlete eclipsed the previous record by nearly five seconds, while just missed becoming the first woman to break the 14-minute barrier in the event.

Read more: Day 2 schedule: 2023 Eugene Diamond League Final start list, stream, results

Gudaf Tsegay delivers a race for the history books

Gudaf Tsegay’s performance was the second senior world record of her career, following her 2021 world indoor 1500m record. The world 10,000m champion followed the fast pace early on, guided by American pacemakers Elise Cranny and Sinclaire Johnson, who took the field through the first 1000m in 2:48.08 and 2000m in 5:37.24.

Tsegay’s Ethiopian compatriot, Birke Haylom, who ultimately did not finish the race, led the pack past the 3000m mark in 8:26.03, maintaining a world record pace.

Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet was the only athlete who could keep up with Tsegay, but even she was left behind as Tsegay accelerated with two laps to go.

Chebet eventually finished in a distant second place but was rewarded with a new personal best of 14:05.92, making it the third-fastest performance of all time in the women’s 5000m.

The final stretch and a year of unbeaten runs

As Tsegay approached the final lap, the crowd rose to their feet, roaring in anticipation. She crossed the 4000m mark at 11:16.89 and reached the bell lap around 12:55.

Although she narrowly missed becoming the first woman to break the 14-minute barrier, her finish at 14:00.21 was met with a standing ovation.

Tsegay has been on an undefeated winning streak this year, claiming all previous eight finals, and today she added this world record to her list of accomplishments, including the 10,000m title at the Budapest World Athletics Championships last month.

Her previous personal best in the 5000m was 14:12.29, set in London in July.

Results Table for Women’s 5000m at Wanda Diamond League Final 2023

Rank Name Nationality Date of Birth Time Notes
1 Gudaf Tsegay ETH 23 JAN 1997 14:00.21 WR
2 Beatrice Chebet KEN 5 MAR 2000 14:05.92 PB
3 Ejgayehu Taye ETH 10 FEB 2000 14:21.52
4 Lilian Kasait Rengeruk KEN 3 MAY 1997 14:40.81
5 Lemlem Hailu ETH 25 MAY 2001 14:42.29
6 Nozomi Tanaka JPN 4 SEP 1999 14:42.38
7 Alicia Monson USA 13 MAY 1998 14:45.98
8 Weini Kelati Frezghi USA 1 DEC 1996 15:25.62
Elise Cranny USA 9 MAY 1996 DNF (PM)
Birke Haylom ETH 6 JAN 2006 DNF
Sinclaire Johnson USA 14 APR 1998 DNF (PM)
Freweyni Hailu ETH 12 FEB 2001 DNS


  • WR: World Record
  • PB: Personal Best
  • DNF: Did Not Finish
  • DNS: Did Not Start
  • PM: Pacemaker
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