Letesenbet Gidey (Ethiopia) won in the women’s 10,000m with a time of 29 minutes 01 seconds 04 on June 8, breaking the new Hassan record set 2 days ago.

Gidey set a new world record at Fanny Blankers-Koen Stadium in Hengelo Netherlands, during the Ethiopian track and field selection competition for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She completed the women’s 10,000m run with 29:01.03, breaking the record. The record Sifan Hassan set 2 days earlier in this very stadium was more than 5 seconds.

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Letesenbet Gidey (run first). Image: Mike Rowbottom.

This is only the fourth official 10,000m run in Gidey’s career. The previous three races took place in 2019. She last competed in this distance at the world championships in Doha, Qatar and finished second with a time of 30:21.23. Gidey needed just one more second to be the first female athlete to cross the 29-minute mark.

Gidey’s score of 29:01.04 is nearly 1 minute better than the European record set by the legendary Paula Radcliffe (UK) in Munich (Germany) in 2002. And this is also a better parameter than the achievement that the legendary Paula Radcliffe (England) set in Munich (Germany) in 2002. Two late athletes Paavo Nurmi (Finland) and Emil Zatopek (Czech) each achieved in the men’s 10,000m content at the 1920 and 1952 Olympics.

The last three female athletes to set the 10,000m world record are all of Ethiopian descent. Almaz Ayana and Letesenbet Gidey are Ethiopian and Sifan Hassan is Dutch but also from Ethiopia.

Gidey celebrates after finishing first.  CNBC photo.

Gidey celebrates after finishing first. Image CNBC.

Letesenbet Gidey is only 23 years old, becoming the first female athlete to hold the world records in both the 5,000m and 10,000m events since the legendary Ingrid Kristiansen (Norway) 30 years ago. In Spain in 2020, Gidey set a women’s 5,000m world record with a time of 14:06.62. She also holds the Ethiopian national record of 3,000m with a time of 8:20.27 (set in Palo Alto in 2019). She also holds the world record for the 15km distance with a time of 44:20 set in 2019.

The rivalry between Gidey vs Hassan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is expected to be very interesting when both aim to break the 29-minute limit.

Meanwhile, in the men’s 10,000m content of this Ethiopian selection competition, Selemon Barega defeated Yomif Kejelcha with a record of 26:49.21. Getnet Wales won the men’s 5,000m content with the world’s best record in the 2021 season at 12:53.28. The runners-up and third-place finishers both had under 13 minutes, while two-time world champion Muktar Edris finished fourth.

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