Letesenbet Gidey smashes 10,000m world record

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Well, Letensebet Gidey has shown that she has been training the past six to eight months with some vigor!

On June 8, 2021, at the FBK Stadium in Hengelo, The Netherlands, Letensebet Gidey took five plus seconds off the WR in the 10,000m, with her brilliant 29:01.03. The 10,000m record gives the Ethiopian a second WR, as she set the 5000m WR in Valencia last fall 2020.

060821 ethiopian trials9538.jpgLetesenbet Gidey sets 10,000m WR on June 8, 2021, of 29:01.03, photo by Global Sports Communications

The record was set during the Ethiopian Olympic Trials, where WL at 800m, 1,500m, 5000m were set by Ethiopian women and 5000m and steeplechase WL times were set by the men.

All events were held in Hengelo.

This writer was fortunate to see the 10,000m Olympic Trials in 2012 when Haile Gebrselassie ran his last Ethiopian OT at 10,000m.

Congrats to Letesenbet Gidey. The battle in Tokyo over 10,000m with Sifan Hassan will be a huge highlight event!

Letesenbet Gidey smashes 10,000m world record.

Letesenbet Gidey strikes again with a beautiful performance. After breaking the 5000m world record in Valencia in October, she broke another world record in Hengelo today. During the Ethiopian Trials she took the two days old world record by more than 5 seconds.

Aided by pacemaker Jackeline Rotich, Letesenbet produced a fantastic race by completing the 25-lap distance in a time of 29:01,03.

Running under the perfect circumstances inside the FBK Games stadium and aided by Wavelight Technology in the second half of the race, she now holds the world records on both the 5000m and the 10,000m.

"What a special night, I am so proud that after the 5000m world record I am now the 10,000m world record holder as well. In this Olympic year, it is the perfect preparation."

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