Ethiopia’s Ejegayehu Taye broke the World 5k record at the at the Cursa dels Nassos event that was held on the New Year Eve (Dec 31) in Barcelona.
The 21 year-old had set an Ethiopian 3000m record of 8:19.52 earlier this year, and was the second-fastest woman in the world over the 5000m this season, but this race in Barcelona was her second International road race of her career.
Taye opened up a clear gap on Sweden’s Meraf Bahta in the early stages and went on to set the new world record when she cut the in 14:18, taking 25 seconds off the previous record for the 5km in a mixed race. Bahta was second in 15:04.
The previous women’s world 5km record in a mixed race was 14:43 set by Beatrice Chepkoech in Monaco in February whereas Senbere Tefere clocked 14:29 set in Germany in September in a women-only race.