CARSON, California (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar shrugged off an upset stomach to set a world record in the women’s two-mile run on Sunday, clocking a time of nine minutes 10.47 seconds at the Adidas Track Classic.
Defar, the Olympic 5,000m champion, broke the previous mark of 9:11.97 set by American Regina Jacobs in 1999.
Canada’s Megan Metcalf was a distant second in 9:37.04 with American Kara Goucher third in 9:41.32.
Defar had set her sights on breaking the world record at the Home Depot Center but received a major scare when she vomited shortly before the start of the race.
“I think it must have been something I ate,” the 23-year-old told reporters after setting her fourth world record.
“I had a warm-up of 15 minutes and then I vomited two or three times just two minutes before the start. I was scared and thought that maybe I couldn’t beat the record.
“But once I started the race, I was okay. With two laps to go, I knew I was going to break the record.”
Asked what she had eaten earlier in the day, Defar replied: “I had some orange juice, a few hash browns, some bread and cheese.
“I am doing fine now because I was in good shape, but it made me feel very uneasy before the race.”
Defar, who burst on to the athletics scene in 2002 when she became the first woman to achieve the 3,000 and 5,000 meters double at the world junior championships, also holds world records over 5,000 metres, 3,000 metres indoors and the 5-km road race.