Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei in his first race on the track outdoors, with a time of 12:35.36, shattered the World Record (WR) in the men’s 5000m, taking almost two seconds off the previous record held by Kenenisa Bekele for 16 years and improving his own Personal Best (PB) by a whole 22 seconds.
The World 10,000m Champion was in a league of his own as he finished ahead of Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli, inspiring the 2nd placed Kenyan to a big PB of 12:51.78, while Jacob Krop placed 3rd in 13:11.32. Mike Foppen equally ran a Dutch Record of 13:13.06.
In the women’s event, World Champion, Hellen Obiri clocked a Meeting Record (MR) and World Lead (WL) of 14:22.12 for a thorough win over Letensebet Gidey who ran a Season’s Best (SB) of 14:26.57. Laura Wightman clocked a PB of 14.35.44, while Jessica Hull ran an Australian Record of 14:43.80 to finish 4th.
The women’s 1000m was taken by World Silver medeallist Faith Kipyegon in an Area Record, WL and Diamond League Record of 2:29.15, a debut for her over that distance ahead of Laura Muir who clocked a National Record (NR) of 2:30.82 and Ireland’s Ciarra Mageean in 2:31.06 (NR).
Jemma Reekie was 4th in 2:31.11 (PB), while 800m reigning World Champion Halimah Nakaayi also ran an NR of 2:32.12 for 5th.