Agnes Ngetich of Kenya set a groundbreaking women-only world 10km record, clocking a time of 29:24 at the Trunsylvania 10km in Romania this Sunday (10 Sept). Ngetich’s pace was remarkable from the outset, running the first 5km in 14:25 and setting another world record for that distance in the women-only category.
“The world record is a surprise to me,” said Agnes Ngetich after her Trunsylvania 10km victory. “I didn’t expect to get the world record. I just wanted a PB, low 30 minutes to break the course record, but a world record is really a surprise.”
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Ten seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, Catherine Reline, halfway through the race, Agnes Ngetich widened her lead as she progressed. She hit the 8.5km mark at 24:56, while Reline was second at 25:29. Reline finished in second place with a time of 30:14.
“I started the year with the World Cross, which was perfect, so I wanted to close the season with a good result,” added Agnes Ngetich.
In the Trunsylvania 10km men’s division, Weldon Langat secured another win for Kenya, finishing with a time of 27:05.
Amos Kurgat of Kenya secured the second spot with a finish time of 27:12. Edward Zakayo Pingua, the 2018 world U20 5000m champion, showcased a strong final kilometer performance. He first overtook a fatigued Kibet and then nearly caught up with Kurgat, settling for third place in an all-Kenyan podium with a time of 27:14.
Trunsylvania 10km Results below:
Women’s Race Results:
|Rank||Name||Nation||5 km||Overall time|
|8||Christine NJOKI NALIMO||KEN||0:15:21||0:32:06|
|12||Adela Paulina BALTOI||ROU||0:17:44||0:36:21|
|DNF||Brenda Jepkopech TUWEI||KEN||–||DNF|
Men’s Race Results:
|Rank||Name||Nation||5 km||Gun time|
|3||Edward ZAKAYO PINGUA||KEN||0:13:31||0:27:14|
|4||Dennis KIBET KITIYO||KEN||0:13:30||0:27:17|
|5||Shadrack Kipchirchir RUTO||KEN||0:13:30||0:27:40|
|7||Samuel VILA BARATA||POR||0:13:33||0:27:45|
|15||Stefan Iulius GAVRIL||ROU||0:14:56||0:30:29|
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