Kenyan clocks 14:13 at New Year’s Eve event in Barcelona to take six seconds off Ejgayehu Taye’s mark

Beatrice Chebet ended 2023 in style with a world 5km record of 14:13 on the roads of Barcelona in the Cursa dels Nassos event on New Year’s Eve.

Runner-up was Ejgayehu Taye in 14:21 with Lilian Rengeruk third in 14:25.

Taye held the previous world 5km record with 14:19 from the same Cursa dels Nassos from 2021, although Taye’s run two years ago came in a mixed gender race.

On Sunday (Dec 31) Chebet’s performance therefore not only beat Taye’s mark but smashed the women-only world record of 14:29 which was set by Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi in Herzogenaurach in September 2021.

World 1500m finalist Katie Snowden finished seventh in 15:23 to go No.10 on the UK all-time rankings.

The men’s victory, meanwhile, went to Dominic Lobalu in 13:12.

Beatrice Chebet

Chebet, 23, is the reigning world cross-country champion and won the inaugural world 5km title in Riga in October – the latter also just ahead of Rengeruk and Taye.

Also in action on New Year’s Even was Marc Scott and Jess Warner-Judd as they won the Ribble Valley 10km in Lancashire.

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Scott enjoyed a duel with Emile Cairess before kicking clear in the final 100m to win in 28:47 while Warner-Judd was first woman home in 32:42.

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