Kenyan Athletes Shatter World Records in Spain

  • Kenyan athletes made history in Valencia, Spain on Sunday, January 12, as they shattered World Records for both the Men's and Women's 10 Kilometre race.

    In the Men's race, Rhonex Kipruto smashed Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei's record as he finished with a time of 26:24.

    Kipruto's compatriot Bernard Kimeli came second in the race with a time of 27:12.

    Rhonex Kipruto and Bernard Kimeli on the podium in Valencia, Spain on Sunday, January 12

    Things were even better in the Women's race where Kenya completed a podium sweep, taking up the first three positions.

    Sheila Chepkirui won the race with a world record time of 29:46 with Rosemary Wanjiru and Norah Jeruto coming in second and third place respectively.

    Wanjiru clocked in at 29:50 while Jeruto managed to finish with a time of 29:51.

    The Valencia 10K race is a World Athletics Gold Label event.

    Kipruto, a world 10,000 meters bronze medalist, was the stand-out athlete in an impressive line-up for the race.

    He was paced by his compatriots Jacob Kiprop who finished 6th in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships and Shadrack Koech who finished fourth at the Birell Prague 10K in September 2019.

    Chepkirui, on the other hand, was the fastest entrant in the Women's race having registered a time of 29:57 in Prague last year.

    29-year old Chepkirui won the 1500m at the World U18 Championships in 2005 before venturing into road races.

    Her last outing for the Eldoret 10K in November last year saw her place fourth with a time of 32:29.

    Sheila Kipkirui, Rosemary Wanjiru and Norah Jeruto pose on the podium in Valencia, Spain on Sunday, January 12