Kenya’s Kipruto and Chepkirui break world records in Valencia
- 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.
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.
1 Rhonex Kipruto (KEN) 26:24
2 Benard Kimeli (KEN) 27:12
3 Julien Wanders (SUI) 27:13
1 Sheila Chepkirui (KEN) 29:42
2 Rosemary Wanjiru (KEN) 29:46
3 Norah Jeruto (KEN) 29:46
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