Tsegay, Duplantis topple records at Eugene Diamond League
Gudaf Tsegay smashed the women's 5,000 metres world record and Armand Duplantis raised the bar again for the men's pole vault on Sunday, as the season-ending Eugene Diamond League meet concluded on a high.
Ethiopian Tsegay set a blistering pace from the start to win in 14 minutes 00.21 seconds, sprinting down the final metres to roars from the crowd as she shaved roughly five seconds off of Kenyan Faith Kipyegon's previous mark.
She had no sooner written her name into the record books than Sweden's Duplantis soared over 6.23 metres to break the world record for a seventh time, bringing the house down after winning his second world championship title in Budapest weeks ago.
Duplantis, who cleared a centimetre higher than his previous best on the first try, said he would try to savour the moment rather than getting fixated on his gold medal chances at the 2024 Paris Games.
"I'm not thinking about next year that much - I'm going to enjoy this moment and enjoy this with my family tonight," he said. "Next year's next year."
Shericka Jackson came off the turn with a massive lead to retain her women's 200 metres Diamond League championship title in 21.57, but came short of her goal to break Florence Griffith-Joyner's world record.
The Jamaican Jackson won the 100 metres Diamond League championship a day earlier and finished more than half a second ahead of Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou on Sunday, as Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas took third in 22.16.
The Olympic champion Andre De Grasse of Canada powered through the final stretch to win the men's race in 19.76, as the United States' Tokyo silver medallist Kenny Bednarek finished second in 19.95.
American Erriyon Knighton took third in 19.97.
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