Athlete Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia goes to second on the all-time list with another great run in the Rome Diamond League
Almaz Ayana clocked the second fastest 5000m time in history as she solo-ran to 14:12.59 in the Rome Diamond League on Thursday.
The Ethiopian world champion just missed the world record of 14:11.15 set by Tirunesh Dibaba in 2008 as she finished more than 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Mercy Cherono of Kenya.
Paced to quicker than target pace through the early stages, she went through 3km on her own in 8:30.43, but in the fourth kilometer she slowed slightly off the incredible tempo as she split to 11:23.57.
Her late-race charge proved not enough, but it is surely only a matter of time before the mark goes. The time followed her 14:16.31 from the last Diamond League in Rabat and moved her one above Meseret Defar (14:12.88) on the world all-time list.
Olympic and world champion Greg Rutherford continued his top-class and consistent form as he comfortably won the long jump with 8.31m. World No.1 Marquise Goodwin was second with 8.19m, but could not match the second-round effort of the Brit, who had already registered legal jumps of 8.26m, 8.30m, 8.24m and 8.20m this year.
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