Tonight Valencia has become the scene of two successful world record attempts. Among the women, the Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey was allowed to pose next to the board with her new record time on the 5,000 meters. She did more than four seconds from the previous record at that distance. This had been in the name of her compatriot Dibaba (14’11 “15) for 12 years.
With her blast time of 14’06 “62, Gidey is now also the first woman to dive below 14’10”.
Moments later, Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei came onto the track. He already had the world record in the 5,000 meters and now made an attempt at 10,000 meters. The 24-year-old athlete ran Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old record off the tables.
He zipped it 6.5 seconds off in one fell swoop. The best time went from 26’17 “53 to 26’11” 02.