PARIS - Kenyan Faith Kipyegon made it two world records in a week after delivering a masterclass in the women's 5,000m at the Paris Diamond League meeting on Friday while Ethiopia's Lamecha Girma smashed the 19-year-old record in the men's 3,000m steeplechase.
Kipyegon headlined a stellar night of track and field at the Stade Charlety that also saw Norway's Jakob Ingebrigtsen set a new world record in the rarely-run 2 miles event.
Kipyegon showed her trademark kick to the line in the 5,000m to win in 14min 05.20sec, slicing a full second and a half off the previous best of 14:06.62 set by Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey, the world 10,000m champion.
She stole the show just seven days after shattering the women's world record in the 1500m in Florence.
"No, I did not think about the world record, I do not know how I made it," said Kipyegon, who burst into tears after crossing the line.
"I just focused on the green light and tried to stay relaxed and enjoy the race.
"I just did the race and wanted to see what happens. When I saw that it was a world record I was so surprised. It was all about giving my best. I just wanted to improve on my personal best, the world record was not my plan."
Not to be outdone, Girma, twice a silver medallist at the world championships and once at the Olympics, clocked 7:52.11, shattering the previous best of 7:53.63 set by Kenyan-born Qatari Saif Saaeed Shaheen in Brussels in 2004.
"I'm happy and very proud. I felt so fast during the race, so confident," said Girma, 22.
"The world record is not a surprise, I planned to beat it tonight in Paris. It's a result of a full determination."