The 25-lap women’s 10,000 meters at the 2022 World Championships was set in a dramatic, sprint finish.
world record holder latesenbet gide Eugene of Ethiopia leaned over the line to win at Hayward Field in Oregon, clocking 30:09.94, just eight-hundredths ahead of Kenya. Helen Oberick and thirteenth ahead Margaret Chelimo KipkemboiKenya too.
Despite being the world record holder, this is Giddy’s first major world title. She claimed 10,000m silver at the 2019 World Championships and bronze at the Tokyo World Championships last summer. Giddy was infamously expelled from school at age 13 for refusing to attend PE classes, and was only able to return to class when she agreed to attend.
Oberyk, ahead of the 2022 World Championships Told sitius mag She can skip the final lap of 60 seconds in the women’s 10,000 meters. And she nearly clocked 61 seconds in the final 400 meters to claim her fourth World Championships medal (and first in the event).
Even more remarkable? Giddy, who is not known for her kicks, managed a 60-second final lap to take the win.
Netherlands’ sifan hasanThe defending 10,000 world champion, finished fourth.
Despite his tremendous three-medal performance at the Tokyo Olympics – or perhaps because of it – Hassan’s entry into this year’s world championships remains something of a mystery. The 29-year-old had entered only one race so far this season, the 5000m in early July, and her manager said she is recovering from both the physical and mental toll of last year’s Olympic performance. There is still hope for Hassan in the 5000 meters this weekend in Eugene.
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In his World Championships debut, the 21-year-old Ririka Hironaka Japan’s second lap pushed off an early lead, a lead which she maintained until about the halfway point of the race.
When Giddy and the country woman held the majority of the field together for the last five laps of the race izgayehu taye pushed in front.
Karissa Schweizer Ninth was the top American finisher. The 26-year-old from Urbandale, Iowa, crossed the line in a personal best of 30:18.05. Alicia Monson (Emery, Wisconsin) was in 13th place, while Natosha Rogers (Littleton, Colorado) also achieved a personal best of 15th in 31:10.57.
All told, 11 women in the 19-athlete field achieved personal bests during the 10,000 meters. Stella Chesang of Uganda, Caroline Chepcock Kipkiruik of Kazakhstan and Rachel Daniels Eritrea also set national records. Full results are here.
NBC Sports Research contributed to this report.
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