Gudaf Tsegay produced an astonishing run to smash the women’s 5000m world record at the 2023 Diamond League Final in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday (17 September).
The Ethiopian and Beatrice Chebet were right on world record pace with three laps to go.
Reigning world 10,000m champion Tsegay kicked on at the front with the Kenyan unable to stay in touch, and started to move clear of the Wavelight record indicators.
The 26-year-old was just outside the magic 14-minute barrier, but her time of 14:00.21 was almost exactly five seconds faster than Faith Kipyegon’s run of 14:05.20 in Paris in June.
Chebet was second in a personal best of 14:05.92 with another Ethiopian, Ejgayehu Taye, a distant third in 14:21.52.
Less than an hour later, pole vault king Mondo Duplantis claimed the second world record of the afternoon.
The Swede needed just three attempts to win the competition, clearing 5.62m, 5.82m and 6.02m with a minimum of fuss.
He had the bar raised to 6.23m, one centimetre above his previous best, and the 23-year-old brushed the bar on his way over for his seventh world record.
Olympic champion Hansle Parchment overcame a slow start to win his latest meeting with Grant Holloway.
The Jamaican, who took silver in Budapest last month as Holloway completed a hat-trick of world titles, fairly charged home from halfway to go in front and clock a world lead and personal best of 12.93.
Holloway was second in 13.06 with fellow American Daniel Thomas just behind in third.
Less than 24 hours after just missing out on the mile world record at the Prefontaine Classic, Jakob Ingebrigtsen won a thriller over 3000m.
With Daniel Komen’s 27-year-old world record out of reach, the Norwegian had his rivals queuing up behind him with a couple of laps to go but stayed in front and kept the inside line.
Yomif Kejelcha was his final challenger, and ingebrigtsen threw himself at the line to win by just one one-hundredth of a second in a new European record of 7:23.63.
Grant Fisher took third in an American record 7:25.47.
Shericka Jackson also made it a weekend double in the women’s 200m.
After winning the 100m on Saturday, with world champion Sha’Carri Richardson only fourth, the Jamaican made a fine start before easing to victory in her premier event.
For the second time in 24 hours, Marie-Josee Ta Lou came home in second but her season’s best 22.10 was a long way behind Jackson’s meeting record of 21.57.
Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas was third in 22.16.
Athing Mu showed she may still be the woman to beat over 800m at Paris 2024 with a superb victory.
The American, who took bronze last month in Budapest, held off Keely Hodgkinson to win in an American record 1:54.97.
Natoya Goule-Toppin was third ahead of world champion Mary Moraa.
Tobi Amusan continued her love affair with Eugene in the women’s 100m hurdles.
The Nigerian, who broke the world record here on the way to the world title last year, was never headed as she won in a season’s best 12.33.
Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn clocked 12.38 for second with Keni Harrison third in 12.44.
Femke Bol asserted her superiority late on in the women’s 400m hurdles after a brave bid for Shamier Little.
The American led for first 300m but the world champion from the Netherlands finished strongly to win in a meeting record 51.98.
Little was second in 53.45, just ahead of Jamaica’s Rushell Clayton (53.56).
World champion Marileidy Paulino was a wide-margin winner of the women’s flat 400m, forging clear from halfway to take victory in 49.58.
Poland’s Natalia Kaczmarek chased home the athlete from the Dominican Republic, just as she did in Budapest, with 50.38 ahead of Dutchwoman Lieke Klaver (50.47).
Earlier, Emmanuel Wanyonyi backed up his victory over world champion Marco Arop in Xiamen with another at the Prefontaine Classic.
Arop took it up at the bell and poured it on at the front, but Kenya’s world silver medallist would not go away and snatched victory in the dying strides in a new personal best and meeting record of 1:42.80.
There was some consolation for Arop as he clocked a new Canadian record of 1:42.85 with Algeria’s fast-finishing Djamel Sedjati also setting a lifetime best of 1:43.06.
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