The Diamond League gala in Paris on Friday night was something special. First, Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen set a new record in the odd distance of two miles.
Then there was Kenyan Faith Kipyegon's turn in the 5,000 meters, her second record in a week.
When it came time for the men's 3,000-metre hurdles, Lamecha Girma didn't want to be worse. The Ethiopian sprinted away early and ran after a flying finish in a time of 7:52.12, 17 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryuji Miura.
"I feel happy and very proud. I felt fast and confident during the race. The world record was no surprise, I planned to break it. It's a result of complete determination," Girma said after the race.
In doing so, the Ethiopian overtook the 19-year-old record of 7:53.63 held by Saif Saaeed Shaheen since 2004.