Breaking news: Taye and Aregawi set new 5km world records in Barcelona 

Breaking news: Taye and Aregawi set new 5km world records in Barcelona

Ejegayehu Taye and Berihu Aregawi of Ethiopia set world 5km records on Friday 31st December 2021, clocking 14:19 and 12:49, respectively, at the Cursa dels Nassos in Barcelona. Two records have fallen on the Eve of New Year at Cursa dels Nassos championship in Spain. Taye and Aregawi set new 5km world records in Barcelona.

Taye, just 21 years of age, broke an Ethiopian 3000m record of 8:19.52 earlier this year and was the world’s second-fastest woman over 5000m this season, but she was competing in only her second international road race today in Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Aregawi, who came within one second of Joshua Cheptegei’s world record in Lille last month, was eager to try again before the end of the year to ensure he could close 2021 on a high note.

Taye was able to employ some of the males in the field as pacemakers because the women and men started at the same time. In the early rounds, she pulled away from Sweden’s Meraf Bahta and won in 14:19, shaving 24 seconds off the world record for the 5km mixed event. In 15:04, Bahta came in second.

For the first kilometer or two, Aregawi was accompanied by a pacemaker, but after that, he was on his own. The Diamond League 5000m champion sped to the finish line in 12:49, shattering Cheptegei’s world record by two seconds. In 13:30, Peter Maru was a distant second.

Leading women

  1. Ejgayehu Taye Haylu – 14:19 secs
  2. Meraf Bahta – 15:04 secs
  3. Carla Domnguez – 15:51 secs
  4. Meritxell Soler – 16:02 secs
  5. Naima Ait Alibou – 16:52 secs
  6. Cristina Silva Feliu – 17:14 secs
  7. Marina Martinez – 17:23 secs
  8. Julia Samuelson – 17:27 secs
  9. Laura Rodriguez Botella – 17:29 secs
  10. Marina Freixa Valls

Leading men

  1. Berihu Aregawi Teklehaimanot – 12:49 secs
  2. Peter Maru – 13:30 secs
  3. Mike Foppen – 13:37 secs
  4. Mehdi Belhadji – 13:38 secs
  5. Yohan Durand – 13:39 secs
  6. Santiago Catrofe – 13:39 secs
  7. Carlos Mayo – 13:40 secs
  8. Gebregewergs Teklay Biyu – 13:58 secs
  9. Adam Maijo Frigola – 14:04 secs
  10. Abdenesser Oukhelfen – 14:05 secs

*Subject to ratification procedures as usual.

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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