Kenya’s Agnes Tirop, the 10,000m world bronze medalist took 28 seconds off the long-standing women-only world record for 1the 0km at the Adizero Road To Records event in the German town of Herzogenaurach on Sunday.
The Kenyan who also competed at the Tokyo Olympic Games put in a decisive surge with more than two kilometres to go, breaking away from fellow Kenyan Sheila Chepkirui before eventually winning in 30:01.
“I’m so happy to have broken the world record. I felt the pace was good and Sheila assisted me a lot. The course was very good too,” an excited Tirop said after the race.
Tirop and Chepkirui were part of a five-woman lead pack during the early stages of the 10km and passed through 4km in 12:07. A couple of minutes later, Tirop and Chepkirui had broken away from the rest of their opponents, reaching the half-way point in 15:00 after coving the fifth kilometre in a swift 2:54.
Chepkirui then moved in front of her compatriot and tried to force the pace but was unsuccessful in making a break. The duo continued to run side by side for the best part of three kilometres, but Tirop started her long run for home with about six minutes to go.
Tirop, who won the senior world cross-country title as a teenager back in 2015, passed through 9km in 27:07 with a comfortable lead and was still comfortably inside world record pace. She didn’t ease back for the final kilometre, though, and covered it in another 2:54 to reach the finish line in 30:01.
Chepkirui finished second in 30:17, also inside the previous mark of 30:29 set by Morocco’s Asmae Leghzaoui back in 2002. Nancy Jelagat was third in 30:50.
Meanwhile, in the day’s other races, world record-holder Rhonex Kipruto won the men’s 10km in 26:43, the fourth-fastest time in history, while recently crowned world U20 champion Tadese Worku was second in 26:56.
Abel Kipchumba was a convincing winner of the men’s half marathon in 58:48 with fellow Kenyan Alexander Munyao taking second in 59:20, and Brenda Jepleting added to the Kenyan success with a dominant 1:06:52 victory in the women’s race.
Jacob Krop won the men’s 5km in 13:06, breaking away from two-time world 5000m champion Muktar Edris in the second half to finish three seconds ahead of the Ethiopian.
1 Senbere Teferi (ETH) 14:29
2 Melknat Wudu (ETH) 14:54
3 Nigisti Haftu (ETH) 14:54
4 Agnes Jebet Ngetich (KEN) 15:02
5 Dawit Seyaum (ETH) 15:10
1 Agnes Tirop (KEN) 30:01
2 Sheila Chepkirui (KEN) 30:17
3 Nancy Jelagat (KEN) 30:50
4 Betty Chepkemoi (KEN) 31:09
5 Dorcas Kimeli (KEN) 31:22
1 Brenda Jepleting (KEN) 1:06:52
2 Besu Sado (ETH) 1:08:15
3 Brillian Jepkorir (KEN) 1:08:28
4 Tgise Haileselase (ETH) 1:08:30
5 Irene Jepchumba (KEN) 1:09:02
1 Jacob Krop (KEN) 13:06
2 Muktar Edris (ETH) 13:09
3 Hosea Kiplangat (UGA) 13:13
4 Geoffrey Kimutai (KEN) 13:22
5 Daniel Kinyanjui (KEN) 13:27
1 Rhonex Kipruto (KEN) 26:43
2 Tadese Worku (ETH) 26:56
3 Kennedy Kimutai (KEN) 27:09
4 Nicholas Kimeli (KEN) 27:22
5 Bayelign Teshager (ETH) 27:24
1 Abel Kipchumba (KEN) 58:48
2 Alexander Mutiso Munyao (KEN) 59:20
3 Amos Kurgat Kibiwot (KEN) 59:34
4 Raymond Magut (KEN) 1:00:00
5 Phenus Kipleting (KEN) 1:00:08