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Every World Record in the Wanda Diamond League

When Karsten Warholm clocked 46.70 at his home meet in Oslo last July, it was the end of his long quest to break an almost three-decades old world record and cement his status as the fastest 400m hurdler in athletics history.

The astonishing performance also made him the seventh athlete ever to break a world record in a major discipline on the Wanda Diamond League circuit. As we look forward to another season of world-class performances in 2022, here’s a look back at every single Wanda Diamond League world record to date.

Watch all the world records on the Wanda Diamond League YouTube page.

 Aries Merritt – Brussels 2012

US hurdler Aries Merritt became the first world-record breaker in the Diamond League when he stormed to a historic 12.80 in the men’s 110m hurdles in Brussels. The performance also secured him his first and only Diamond Trophy.

 Genzebe Dibaba – Monaco 2015

Genzebe Dibaba was crowned 1500m world champion in Beijing in 2015, but she had already made it to the top of the world a few weeks earlier with a breathtaking 3:50.07 at the Stade Louis II. The dominant victory made her the series’ second world-record breaker, and the first of many at the Monaco Diamond League.

 Kendra Harrison – London 2016

Having suffered heartbreak at the US Olympic trials earlier that year, Kendra Harrison was a woman on a mission in the 2016 Diamond League as she stormed to victory after victory in the 100m hurdles. She crowned an impressive, title-winning season with a world record of 12.20 in London, a performance which left even her gaping in disbelief at the clock.

 Beatrice Chepkoech – Monaco 2018

Kenyan long-distance specialist Beatrice Chepkoech was in brilliant form in 2018, and she made it count in Monaco, clocking a 3000m steeplechase world record of 8:44.32, becoming the fifth athlete to break a world record at Herculis and the second after Dibaba to do so in the Diamond League era.

 Sifan Hassan – Monaco 2019

Dutch star Sifan Hassan had a twinkle in her eye when she was asked about a potential world record ahead of the Monaco Diamond League in 2019, and that proved a prelude to her glittering performance on the track. Her 4:12.33 made her the fastest female miler in history, and gave her another boost on her way to a Diamond League double in that season.

 Joshua Cheptegei – Monaco 2020

In a season truncated by the coronavirus pandemic, there was the only men’s 5000m race in 2020, but what a race it was. Monaco completed a hat-trick of world-record breaking years, as Ugandan long-distance star Joshua Cheptegei clocked to 12:35.36 to break the 5000m best for the first time since 2004.

 Karsten Warholm – Oslo 2021

Warholm had been closing in on the 400m hurdles world record for several seasons when he finally broke it with 46.70 on his home track in Oslo last summer. He went one better at the Olympic final in Tokyo a few weeks later, becoming the first hurdler ever to break the 46-second barrier.

Note: Three world records were also broken in non-Diamond League disciplines at the Wanda Diamond League exhibition event in Brussels in September 2020: Bashir Abdi in the 20,000m, and Mo Farah and Sifan Hassan in the One Hour.

Source: diamondleague.com

Gudaf Tsegay targets Genzebe Dibaba world record

World indoor 1500m record holder, Gudaf Tsegay will be targeting to lower the world Indoor Mile record at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that will be held on February 17, 2022 in Lievin, France.

The race organisers have set their eyes on the Indoor Mile World record of 4:13.31 that was set Genzebe Dibaba from Ethiopia in 2016. Dibaba broke the 26 years old world record that had been set in 1990 by Doina Melinte

The Tokyo 5000m bronze medallist got her record last year when she stunned the athletics world by smashing the world indoor 1500m record with 3:53.09.

Tsegay clocked world-leading indoor personal best of 1:57.52 for 800m and 8:22.65 for 3000m. She went on to set outdoor personal best of 3:54.01 for 1500m, a world-leading 14:13.32 for 5000m, and 29:39.42 for 10,000m.

The 2019 World bronze medallist Champion hasn’t contested an indoor mile since 2016 when she set her current personal best of 4:24.98. Her outdoor personal best stands at 4:16.14 that she set in 2018

The Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais is among the seven Gold-level World Indoor Tour meetings this year.

Faith Kipyegon invited as chief guest at the Great Ethiopian Run

Two times Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon has been invited as the chief guest at the 2021 Total Energies Great Ethiopian Run that will be held on Sunday 14 November 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The 27 year-old will appear alongside the running legend Haile Gebreselassie at both the pre-race press conference and at the special Gala Dinner that will held at Hyatt Regency Hotel on the eve of the race.

The National 1500m record holder spoke about this trip early this year, “For many years I have also wanted to visit our neighbor Ethiopia. Haile has had such a big impact on running in both Kenya and Ethiopia and it is an honor for me to accept his invitation to this year’s race.”

Iam very happy to support the great Ethiopian Run which has inspired so many young athletes and is also helping people to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle.”

Great Ethiopian general manager Dagmawit Amare said that Faith’s visit will create great excitement around the race weekend, adding, “As one of Kenya’s greatest ever athlete with an amazing record of championships victories, Faith is well-known to athletics fans in Ethiopia. It will be great honor for us to have her with us for the race.”

Faith claimed her first Olympic medal in Rio in 2016 and then in 2017 took her first senior world title in London. She defended her Olympic title at the Tokyo games in August. In all these races she came up against strong Ethiopian opposition including the likes of Genzebe Dibaba and Senberi Teferi.

Gidey and Dibaba set to attack the world half record in Valencia

Fresh from winning 10,000m bronze medallist at the Concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Letesenbet Gidey will be facing off with world 1500m record holder Genzebe Dibaba at the Valencia Half Marathon that will be held on October 24 in Valencia, Spain.

 It will be an all Ethiopian battle, who both enjoys good time on the course. The 5,000m record holder with 14:06.62, also holds the 10,000m record set in Hengelo in 29:01.03 as well as the 15km world record in 44:20.

Dibaba on the other hand, the former Olympic Games 1500m Rio silver medallist, won Valencia title last year 1:05.18 while Senbere Teferi took the honors in 2019 with a time of 1:05.32.

Teferi also holds the 5Km record for women with 14:29. Another Ethiopia Yalemzerf Yehualaw comes with a personal best of 1:04.40 that she got when she finished third in the last World Half Marathon in Gdynia, Poland. She took 19 seconds off the world half marathon record, running a remarkable 1:03.44 at the P&O Ferries Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Faith Kipyegon sets her eyes on 1500m world record

Newly crowned Olympic Games 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon has set her focus on setting a new world record in her favourite race.

Following her 2021 successful season, where she defended her Olympic games title, the two time Olympic champion has purposed to lower the world record of 3:53.09 that was set by Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay.

Tsegay set the indoor world record while competing at the Lievin meeting in France, smashed the former world record of 3:55.17 that was seven years ago by compatriot Genzebe Dibaba.

The 27 years-old will not only focus on Tsegay’s record but will also attack the outdoor record of 3:50.07 that was set by Dibaba in Monaco in 2015.

Speaking on Citizen TV on Wednesday evening, her eyes are on the next season as she plans to attack the world 1500m record.

She told the show host Jeff Koinange that, “I want to go for the world record next year and God willing lower it.”

Kipyegon holds the National Record (NR) time of 3:51.07 that she set early this year in Monaco, Italy

The mother of one also won the overall Diamond League title following victory in various meetings across the world.

Born in Bomet county, the world 1,500m silver medalist grew up in Chebara, Keringet in Nakuru county and started running while in primary school, closed her season when she denied Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands the chance to add another trophy on her cabinet as she took the honors by winning her first diamond Trophy since 2017.

Francine Niyonsaba lands Home and brings Bujumbura to a stand still

Hundreds of Burundians turned up at Bujumbura airport on Wednesday to welcome home Francine Niyonsaba after her recent successes overseas. The Burundian athlete won the 5,000 metres Diamond League title in Zurich on 8 September before setting a new 2,000m world record six days later at a meeting in Croatia.

Earlier this year, Niyonsaba, a world and Olympic 800m silver medallist, switched away from her preferred distance after being banned from competing between 400m and 1500m because of naturally high levels of testosterone.

“I did the extraordinary, and I now feel like an extraordinary person in the world,” the 28-year-old told reporters after landing.

“It is the first time that this cup (Diamond League trophy) has come to Burundi and now a Burundian woman is the fastest in the world over 2,000m – it is a blessing for my family and my country.”

Her success came after a disappointing Olympics where she was fifth in the 10,000m and disqualified from the heats of the 5,000m for stepping off the track.

The crowds of people lined the streets despite recent attacks, which have been claimed by rebels, on the airport in the Burundian capital and deadly grenade attacks in the city on Monday.

“I am very happy – it is a blessing to be welcomed by different people,” she said. “It is a joy that I can’t explain also because when I won, I saw all Burundians in the country and abroad celebrating my victory.

“That gives me power and happiness to feel that I managed the extraordinary. I am grateful to all who supported me, the coaches in Burundi and in Kenya where I train. They all played a role in writing this history.”

She promised to work harder to bring home a title from next year’s World Athletics Championship in the United States “to make Burundians happy again.

” Under the latest World Athletics regulations, Niyonsaba is classified as having ‘Differences of Sexual Development’ – or ‘DSD’ – and has been forced to move away from the 800m after refusing to take testosterone-reducing drugs.

Her 2,000m world record of five minutes 21.56 seconds was two seconds faster than the record set by Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba indoors in 2017, while also breaking the outdoor record set by Ireland’s Sonia O’Sullivan in 1994.

Francine Niyonsaba sets new 2,000m world record in Zagreb

Olympic 800m silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba set a new 2,000m world record at the Continental Tour Gold meeting that was held on Tuesday (14) night in Zagreb.

Her time of 5:21.56 seconds was two seconds faster than the record set by Genzebe Dibaba indoors in 2017.

The world 800m silver medallist, became the sixth fastest woman over the 3000m in history at the Paris Diamond League Meeting  is also among several athletes banned from competing between 400m and 1500m because of naturally high levels of testosterone.

However she was forced to move up in distance due to the new rules relating to testosterone levels and at the Tokyo Games where she finished in fifth in the 10,000m final in 30:41.93.

Her world record run, which also broke the outdoor record set by Ireland’s Sonia O’Sullivan in 1994, came a week after claiming victory over 5,000m in the Diamond League meeting in Zurich.

The 2,000m has never been held at an Olympics or World Championships but is often featured at track and field meetings.

Obiri on another class as she outclasses Sifan in Zurich

The excitement levels peaked in the women’s 5000m that produced classic head-to-head sprint finish with world champion Hellen Obiri from Kenya who fought off to a nagging European Champion Sifan Hassan to eventually retain her title at the Thursday’s Zurich Meeting.

Six women, including Obiri, Hassan and Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi and world 1500m record-holder Genzebe Dibaba, had reached the bell together – and with drama imminent.

Hassan, facing a night drive to Brussels in order to contest the 1500m in the second IAAF Diamond League final of the season, made her break on the back straight, floating to the lead, but very soon the smaller, dogged figure of Obiri, the world champion, had moved past her.

As the two women reached the straight, Hassan, an emphatic winner of the European title earlier this month, moved wide for another challenge.

The 28 year-old held to cross the line in 14:38.39 to claim one of the sixteen Diamond trophies on offer, and made away with a cool cheque of US$50,000, which was the prize.

“Before the race I felt would win,” said Obiri, who covered the final 200m in 27.39. “Finally everything came together, and I am proud.”

Hassan came in second in 14:38.77 with Teferi closing the podium three finishes in 14:40.07.

London’s Top Three Moments – Obiri Upstages Muir’s record attempt

Later this week, the IAAF Diamond League heads to London for the 11th meeting in the 2018 series. Here we look back at three of the more memorable moments from the British capital.


Kendra Harrison’s world 100m hurdles record of 12.20, beating the 1988 mark of 12.21 set by Bulgaria’s Yordanka Donkova, put even Usain Bolt’s 19.89 200m into the shade on the first of two days of competition in London’s Olympic stadium.

Two months after becoming the second fastest women’s high hurdler in history with 12.24 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, and two weeks after failing to qualify for the US Olympic team, the 24-year-old from Tennessee produced one of the great track performances in front of more than 40,000 fans.

“Only the record will make up for missing out on Rio,” Harrison had said at the previous day’s press conference.

Harrison, who had won her heat in 12.40, crossed the line five metres clear of a world-class field, but the time which flashed up was only 12.58. But shortly afterwards, the figures were corrected to a world record mark and the winner sank to her knees in tears.

Harrison had dipped so low at the line, she had run beneath the beam and the trackside clock initially recorded the uncorrected time of second-placed Brianna Rollins, later credited with 12.57.

“I wanted to come out here and show the world that I still have it, even though I won’t be going to the Olympics,” she said. “I had to give it all I had.

“Initially I saw 12.5 and I was just happy to come out here and win. I was so happy when it came up and I was feeling really blessed.”


There would hardly have been a more popular winner in the mile than Laura Muir, who had begun her year by winning European indoor titles at 1500m and 3000m.

The previous year Muir had beaten the British 1500m held by double Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes, running 3:55.22 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris and concluding her season by winning the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich.

Now she was after the imperial version of that record, set 32 years earlier by Zola Budd at 4:17.57.

Hellen Obiri had other plans.

She tailed the Briton through the bell. As Muir hit the home straight, the noise levels in the Olympic stadium rose to the heights. But then Kenya’s Olympic 5000m silver medallist moved past her to break her own national record, setting a meeting record of 4:16.56.

Only Genzebe Dibaba had run faster than that time this millennium. Obiri moved above Mary Slaney on the world all-time list having eclipsed Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon as the fastest Kenyan ever.

Muir, ultimately, paid for her early ambition, finishing six tenths off Budd’s mark in 4:18.03. But it had been a proper, old fashioned race that will be long remembered.

With the top five athletes finishing within 4:20 and best marks-for-place being set from fourth to 14th, it was the deepest women’s mile race in history.


Cuba’s Yarisley Silva achieved her second consecutive IAAF Diamond League victory over Jenn Suhr and Fabiana Murer, beating the respective Olympic and world champions with an IAAF Diamond League record of 4.83m.

Suhr took second with 4.73m, although she had two goes at 4.88m, with Murer third at 4.63m, reversing their positions from the previous month’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.

Early in the season, Silva had altered her technique in line with her rising ambitions, holding the pole higher and extending her run-up. She was aiming for gold at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. She went on to take bronze in the Russian capital, but a world indoor title in 2014 was a step towards her making the top of the podium at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015.

Obiri faces Dibaba In Rabat 5000m

World champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba will square off over 5000m at the Meeting International Mohammed VI D’Athletisme de Rabat, the ninth stop of the 2018 IAAF Diamond League, on 13 July.

Dibaba, the world record holder at 1500m and Olympic silver medallist over the distance, is also the fifth fastest of all-time at 5000m with a 14:15.41 personal best from 2015.

Obiri is the Olympic silver medallist and world champion at 5000m, whose 14:18.37 lifetime best, from 2017, ranks her eighth fastest of all time.

Their career paths have crossed twice over the distance, first at Rome’s Golden Gala Diamond League fixture last year, the race in which Obiri produced her lifetime best, taking the victory with Dibaba finishing a distant sixth. Dibaba returned the favour earlier this season, winning in Eugene in 14:26.89, with Obiri a well-beaten third, nearly ten seconds behind.

The meeting record?

That belongs to 2016 double Olympic Champion Almaz Ayana who clocked 14:16.31 in 2016, the sixth fastest performance of all-time.