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Letesenbet Gidey breaks Sifan Hassan's two-day-old 10,000m world record

June 9, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Ethiopian athlete Letesenbet Gidey competes in the women's 5,000m event during the NN Valencia World Record Day at the Turia stadium in Valencia on October 7, 2020. - Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey set a new women's 5,000m world record of 14 minutes 6.65 seconds in Valencia today. The 22-year-old lowered the previous mark of 14min 11.15 held by her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba since 2008 by over four seconds. (Photo by Jose Jordan / AFP) (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The previous women's 10,000-meter record was only set on Sunday, but Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey has already bettered it.

(CNN)The previous women's 10,000-meter record was only set on Sunday, but Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey has already bettered it.

Gidey's time of 29:01. 03 in the Dutch city of Hengelo on Tuesday took five seconds off the record set by the Netherlands' Sifan Hassan on the same track last week.

"I expected to run the world record," Gidey said of her performance on Tuesday.

Prior to Hassan, the 10,000m world record had been set by Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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