May 28, 2024

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A quiet evening in Paris sets no fewer than 3 world records |  Diamond League

A quiet evening in Paris sets no fewer than 3 world records | Diamond League

It’s still relatively early in the summer, but Faith Kipyegon is already flying over the slopes. Last week the Kenyan broke the world record in Italy in the 1,500m, and now she’s breaking that too in the 5,000m.

Unlike last week, this time Kipyegon was not alone. Together with Letesenbet Gidey, who has held the record (14’06″02) since 2020, she made it an exciting duel.

With one lap to go, the world record seemed to fly, but thanks to a final lap at 1’00″63 and the last 200m, Kipyegon was still less than a second off Gidey’s time: 14’05″20 is now the new standard.

A new milestone has also been reached in the ground over two miles, by Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen. Run more than 4 seconds under Daniel Komen’s time in 1997: 7’54″10. Since the mile is not an official distance, it is not an official world record according to World Athletics.

And that was not all, because at the end of the meeting another world table record was run on the men’s 3000m tower. The 7’53 “63 that Shaheen Al-Qatari managed in Brussels, already in 2002, had to give way to the new top time of the Ethiopian Lamecha Girma: 7’52” 11.

Kobe Flemings also emerged as the supporting act for the Diamond League meeting in Paris. With 10″ 23, he recorded the fastest 100m for a Belgian in 23 years.

The 25-year-old Chrono Vleminckx was in the air, because two weeks ago he actually ran the 10″ 22 in Rehlingen, Germany, with a slightly favorable tailwind.

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Flemings still has a long way to go before the World Cup in Budapest, because they have to run 10’00 or less. The 10’23 is the fastest Belgian time since Jean-Marie Eyre Ptra in 2000 (10’19).

Things went less smoothly with the Belgian Falcons, without the Flemings. The men of the 4 x 100m team were unable to record the time, because the last change of baton went wrong.