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Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet Smashes 10,000m World Record

Beatrice Chebet clocked 28:54.14 to break the women's 10,000m world record at the 2024 Prefontaine Classic - Wanda Diamond League meeting on Saturday. Four personal best effects followed her to the finish line.

Kenya's Beatrice Chebet 10,000m world record at the 2024 Prefontaine Classic
Kenya's Beatrice Chebet 10,000m world record at the 2024 Prefontaine Classic

EUGENE, Ore. – Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet smashed the women’s 10,000 meters world record with a time of 28:54.14 at the 2024 Prefontaine Classic – Wanda Diamond League meeting at Hayward Field on Saturday.

Chebet, the world leader at 5,000m this season and two-time world cross-country champion, broke away from Ethiopia’s world champion Gudaf Tsegay with three laps to go and the 24-year-old never looked back, pulling away from her rivals to break the previous world record of 29:01.03, set in 2021 by Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey.

“I am so happy,” a delighted Chebet, whose previous 10,000m best was 33:29.7h in 2020, said in her post-race interview on Saturday.

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Behind her at the 2024 Prefontaine Classic were three personal bests, including 5,000m world record holder Tsegay, who finished second with a PB of 29:05.92.

Kenya’s Lilian Kasait Rengeruk clocked a personal best of 29:26.89 for third place, while compatriot Margaret Kipkemboi finished fourth in a PB of 29:27.59.

In total, nine women ran faster than 30 minutes today.

2024 Prefontaine Classic Women’s 10,000m Results

  1. CHEBET Beatrice (KEN) – 28:54.14 (Official WR, Previous PB: 33:29.70)
  2. TSEGAY Gudaf (ETH) – 29:05.92 (Official PB, Previous PB: 29:29.73)
  3. RENGERUK Lilian Kasait (KEN) – 29:26.89 (Official PB, Previous PB: 34:30.70)
  4. KIPKEMBOI Margaret Chelimo (KEN) – 29:27.59 (Official PB)
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