The 18 year-old Ugandan athlete ran the fastest ever 10k at San Silvestre Vallecana on New Year’s Eve.
Teenager Jacob Kiplimo brought in the New Year by running the fastest ever 10k at the 54th San Silvestre Vallecana in Madrid on Monday (December 31).
The 18 year-old, who won silver over 10,000m at the 2018 U20 World Championships, clocked 26:41 to take the win in Spain and break Eliud Kipchoge’s course record by 13 seconds.
However, Kiplimo’s performance is not eligible as a world record due to the downhill nature of the point to point course, leaving Leonard Patrick Komon’s 10k world record of 26:44 intact for now.
Kiplimo, whose previous 10k best was 28:17, was among the eight athletes who covered the first two kilometres in a blistering 5:24.
Kiplimo averaged 2:35 over the next three kilometres to clock 13:12 at halfway. The record breaking pace continued with Kiplimo storming to the win ahead of Ethiopia’s Abadi Hadis, who finished second in 26:54, while Uganda’s Mande Bushendich completed the podium in 27:24.
Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the women’s race also breaking the course record in 29:54, five seconds ahead of fellow Kenyan Hellen Obiri in 29:59.
1. Brigid Kosgei (Kenia): 29:54
2. Hellen Obiri (Kenia): 29:59
3. Tirunesh Dibaba (Etiopía): 30:40
¡Récord de la prueba y segunda mejor marca mundial de todos los tiempos!
— San Silvestre Vallecana (@ssvallecana) December 31, 2018
Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba finished third recording her second quickest ever 10k in 30:40.
GB’s Lilly Partridge finished 10th in a time of 33:35, with Sonia Samuels crossing the line in 14th in 34.04.
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