Berhane Adere of Ethiopia the World indoor 3000m champion and World record holder equalled the world’s fastest ever time by a woman over 5km on the road, with a 14:54 clocking to win the 18th edition of the Carlsbad 5000, yesterday (13 April).
In rainy conditions, Adere who is also the reigning World Half Marathon champion equalled the time which America’s Deena Drossin had set here last year. Drossin was otherwise occupied yesterday at the London Marathon where she broke Joan Benoit’s US Marathon record with a time of 2:21:16.
Isabella Ochichi of Kenya was second behind Adere in 14:56, with Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, the newly crowned IAAF World Junior Cross Country champion, third in 15:01.
The race was led by a pack of Adere, Ochichi, Dibaba and Australia’s Benita Johnson, who opened a slight lead on the rest of the field. Ochichi dictated the race with a hard fast pace but couldn't hold off the World Indoor champion.
In the men’s race, Berhanu Dejene (Eth) made a bold move at about 2.5 miles and opened a 40 metre lead on a large pack - consisting of the Kenyans John Korir, James Kosgei, Shadrock Kosgei, Albert Chepkurui and Ethiopia’s Markus Geneti - and held on to take a two second win.
Victah Sailer for the IAAF
1. Berhanu Dejene 13:19
2. John Korir 13:21
3. James Kosgei 13: 23
4. Shadrock Kosgei 13:24
1. Berhane Adere 14:54
2. Isabella Ochichi 14:56
3. Tirunesh Dibaba 15:00
4. Benita Johnson 15:02
6th place went to Émilie Mondor in a Canadian record of 15:19