Kipruto’s 5km and 10km world records ratified
Rhonex Kipruto’s world records over 5km (13:18) and 10km (26:24), which he achieved when winning at the 10k Valencia Ibercaja on 12 January, have been ratified.
The world 10,000m bronze medallist dominated the race, passing through 3km in 7:59 before dropping the last of his challengers.
The Kenyan reached the half-way point in 13:18, four seconds inside the ratified world record of 13:22 set by Kenya’s Robert Keter in Lille on 9 November 2019.
Despite running on his own for the second half, the 20-year-old increased his pace and covered the final five kilometres in 13:06.
Kipruto’s winning mark of 26:24 took 14 seconds off the previous world 10km record of 26:38 set by Joshua Cheptegei in the same Spanish city on 1 December 2019.
“I’m over the moon,” said Kipruto, who is coached by Colm O’Connell. “When I clocked 26:46 in Prague in 2018, I set myself the target of breaking the world 10km record and today my dream came true.”
In Monaco on 16 February 2020, one month after Kipruto’s run in Valencia, Cheptegei clocked 12:51 over 5km, a mark that is pending ratification.
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