Burudi’s Francine Niyonsaba became the sixth fastest woman over the 3000m in history at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that was held on Saturday (28) at the Stade Charlety in Paris.
The 2017 World 800m silver medallist Champion produced the most eye-catching performance of the day when she held of the challenge of the 2018 World U20 Championships silver medallist, Ejgayehu Taye from Ethiopia, crossing the line in a world lead of 8:19.09.
The 2016 and 2017 World Indoor gold medallist Champion broke three records in this race which is a world-leading time, national record and Meet Record and made history’s sixth fastest outdoor performer.
Taye who is also from the Tokyo Olympics and could not qualify to the finals as she finished fourth in heat held on to come home second in National Record and personal best of 8:19.8.
Margaret Chelimo kipkemboi from Kenya closed the podium three first finishes with a personal best of 8:21.53.
United States Elise Cranny and Ethiopia’s Fantu Worku came home with personal bests in fourth and fifth place in 8:30.30 and 8:30.76.
Another Kenyan Beatrice Chebet finished in tenth position in 8:44.27