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Athletics-Defar sets women's world record in 5,000 metres

Updated: 2006-09-20 12:41

Meseret Defar NEW YORK, June 3 - Meseret Defar of Ethiopia set a world record in the women's 5,000 metres on Saturday with a time of 14 minutes 24.53 seconds at New York's grand prix athletics meeting at Icahn Stadium.

Defar, the Olympic champion, broke the previous record time of 14:24.68 set by Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey in 2004.