Kenya’s Kipruto and Chepkirui break world records in Valencia


Kenya's Kipruto and Chepkirui break world records in Valencia
Rhoenix Kipruto celebrates setting a new world record in Valencia

In Summary

  • Kipruto clocked 26:24  to smash a yet to be ratified 26:38  record set by Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei last month in the same city albeit in a different course.

Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto and Sheila Chepkirui smashed world records in the men’s and women’s races at the Valencia Iberjia road race held Sunday.

Kipruto clocked 26:24  to smash a yet to be ratified 26:38  record set by Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei last month in the same city albeit in a different course.

The World 10,000m bronze medalist half-way split of 13:18 was also an improvement on the 5km world record with his second half split of 13:06 was even faster although would not be eligible for ratification.

Kipruto’s compatriot  Benard Kimeli finished second in 27:12, just ahead of Switzerland’s Julien Wanders, who set a European record of 27:13.

Chepkirui, meanwhile clocked 29:42 as she erased a second off Joyciline Jepkosgei world record set in Prague in 2017.

Rhonex Kipruto after setting a new record in Valencia

Kenyan pair of Rosemary Wanjiru and Steeplechase specialist Norah Jeruto placed second and third respectively both clocking 29:46.

It was also the first time in any road race for the women to finish inside the half hour mark.

SELECTED RESULTS

Men

1 Rhonex Kipruto (KEN) 26:24

2 Benard Kimeli (KEN) 27:12

3 Julien Wanders (SUI) 27:13

Women

1 Sheila Chepkirui (KEN) 29:42

2 Rosemary Wanjiru (KEN) 29:46

3 Norah Jeruto (KEN) 29:46

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