Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu, 24, became only the fourth woman in history to break the 30-minute barrier for 10,000m, clocking 29:53.80 in Utrecht, Netherlands tonight. Her mark was the second fastest of all-time and broke Tirunesh Dibaba's national record of 29:54.66 achieved at the Beijing Olympics last August.
The women's 10,000m world record remains 29:31.78 by China's Wang Junxia set in Beijing in 1993.
Kenya's Florence Kiplagat finished second in the race in 30:11 (unofficial). Assuming her mark is made official, she will be the new Kenyan record holder for the distance, displacing Linet Masai who ran 30:26.50 at last August's Olympic Games.
NOTE: Detailed results will be published in tomorrow's Race Results Weekly --Ed.