In a stunning and unpredictable turn of events on the international racing scene, Diribe Welteji, only 21, hailing from Ethiopia, delivered a breathtaking performance, clocking an astonishing time of 4:20.98 in the women’s road mile.
Her remarkable feat secured her victory and etched her name into the annals of history as she claimed a World Record in the fiercely competitive realm of women’s road racing.
Faith Kipyegon, the renowned Kenyan athlete and a dominant force in middle-distance running, was the undisputed favorite entering the race.
Her impeccable track record, having remained undefeated in both the mile and 1500 meters throughout the year, only solidified her status as the frontrunner.
Right from the start, the Olympic and World Champion displayed her prowess by setting an impressive pace, effectively splintering the field and leaving her competitors struggling to keep up.
Among those who matched Kipyegon’s relentless urgency was her teammate Nelly Chepchirchir, Ethiopia’s formidable duo, Diribe Welteji, and Freweyni Hailu.
As the race unfolded, Kipyegon seemed poised to pull away from the pack, leaving her challengers in her wake.
However, at this pivotal moment, Welteji showcased her tactical brilliance, finding her way into Kipyegon’s slipstream with an air of calm determination.
In a climactic showdown that had spectators on the edge of their seats, Welteji’s masterful display of class and patience came to the forefront. With impeccable timing, she unleashed a sprint finish that left Kipyegon in her wake, sealing her remarkable victory.
Adding to the drama, Welteji’s teammate, Freweyni Hailu, summoned a burst of blistering speed, surging from behind to claim a well-deserved second place, running a personal best time of 4:23.06.
Pre-race favorite Kipyegon, was left to settle for the bronze medal but still managed a personal best of 4:24.13.