• Ayana scares 5000m world record in Rome

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Ethiopian Almaz Ayana almost broke the women's 5000m world record at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Rome on Thursday night.  

The 2015 world champion Ayana stopped the clock in a blistering time of 4:12.55 missing Tirunesh Dibaba's  world record of 4:11.15. Ayana was on the world record pace up until the final lap however her 66.1 final lap was just 1.4 seconds too slow to break the record.

 Ayana's winning time was a new  Diamond League record and #2 time in history in women's 5000m. Runner Kenyan Mercy Cherono set her new personal best of 14:33.95, while her compatriot Viola Jelagat was third in 14:34.39. 

In this race total of twelve women broke  the 15 minute barrier. Watch Race Video here.

Another dominant performance demonstrated South African runner Caster Semenya who destroyed the women's 800m field. The 2009 world champion Semenya powerfully pulled away from the pack to claim her 3rd Diamond League win this season with a new world leading time of 1:56.64. World Indoor Champion Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi took second in 1:58.20 with British runner Lynsey Sharp in third 1:59.03.

 In the men's 3000m steeple Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto took his second DL win this year with a  new world lead of 8:01.41. 


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