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Breaking News፡Tigray Native Gudaf Tsegay clocks the 3rd fastest 1500m in history.

Mekelle:  20 April 2024 (Tigray Herald)

Breaking News፡Tigray Native Gudaf Tsegay clocks the 3rd fastest 1500m in history.

Ethiopian athlete Gudaf Tsegay has made history by achieving the 3rd fastest 1500m in history, clocking a remarkable time of 3:50.30 at the Xiamen Wanda Diamond League in China. This outstanding performance has placed Tsegay at No.3 in the women’s 1500m all-time list, showcasing her exceptional talent and dedication to the sport. The achievement has garnered immense pride and celebration among Ethiopians and Tigrayans, with many expressing their congratulations and admiration for Tsegay’s achievement. This early-season success sets a high standard for the rest of the year and hints at the potential for further record-breaking performances from Tsegay.

World record-holders Tsegay, Charlton and Duplantis to open season in Xiamen

Gudaf repeated the same tactic than in Oregon 2022 WC with an ultra fast 45sec first lap but finished stronger.

Gudaf Tsegay hopes to pick up where she left off last season. The Ethiopian was the stand-out performer at the Wanda Diamond League Final in Eugene last year, smashing the world 5000m record.

The versatile distance runner, who won the world 10,000m title last year, will compete at the lower end of her range in Xiamen by lining up for the 1500m – the distance at which she holds the world indoor record. Her motivation will be high, too, as she suffered a rare defeat in her last outing, placing second over 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

The toughest opposition in Xiamen is expected to come from her compatriots, three of whom are also global gold medallists: world road mile champion Diribe Welteji, world indoor champion Freweyni Hailu, and world U20 champion Birke Haylom.

Like Tsegay, Devynne Charlton is also looking to maintain her winning momentum against three global champions.

The Bahamian sprint hurdler was the star of the indoor season, twice breaking the world indoor 60m hurdles record, culminating with her victory at the World Indoor Championships.

Saturday’s race will be her first outdoor competition of 2024, and she’ll be up against world record-holder Tobi Amusan of Nigeria, two-time world champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica, and Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico.

Mondo Duplantis, who also set a world record to win at the Diamond League Final last year, is another athlete who’ll be making his outdoor season debut. The Swedish pole vaulter enjoyed an undefeated indoor campaign, but his victory at the World Indoor Championships did not come easily.

USA’s two-time world champion Sam Kendricks, who led for much of the world indoor final, will be in attendance in Xiamen, so too will Chris Nilsen, the Olympic silver medallist.

Richardson goes long

World 100m champion Sha’Carri Richardson gets her 2024 campaign going this weekend. The US sprinter will line up for the 200m, the event at which she claimed bronze at the World Championships last year, clocking a PB of 21.92.

All eyes will be on the Cuban on Saturday as she takes on a field that includes four women who have won global titles: world champion Laulaga Tausaga, 2022 world champion Feng Bin of China, Olympic champion Valarie Allman and multiple world and Olympic champion Sandra Elkasevic (nee Perkovic).

There’s another high quality throws clash as the three reigning global champions in the women’s shot put go head to head. Olympic champion Gong Lijiao of China will clash with world champion Chase Jackson of the USA and world indoor champion Sarah Mitton of Canada. Four other women in the field with PBs beyond 20 metres – Maggie Ewen, Yemisi Ogunleye, Jessica Schilder and Song Jiayuan – will also be in contention.

In the men’s triple jump, world champion Hugues Fabrice Zango takes on arch rival Pedro Pichardo, the Olympic champion. China’s Zhu Yaming and Spain’s Jordan Alejandro Diaz Fortun could also be in the mix.

And last but not least, Olympic champion Mutaz Barshim faces world indoor champion Hamish Kerr in the men’s high jump.

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