Gidey’s time of 29:01.03 in the Dutch city of Hengelo on Tuesday took five seconds off the record set by the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan on the same track last week.
They also used Wavelight technology — flashing lights on the side of the track that provide athletes with an indication of the pace they need to run in order to set a world record.
Gidey passed through the halfway point in 14:42 on Tuesday, slightly behind world record pace. But she upped her speed in the final stages and completed the last lap in 63 seconds to improve on Hassan’s time.
Prior to Hassan, the 10,000m world record had been set by Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana at the 2016 Rio Olympics.