On the same day Kenya celebrated Joyciline Jepkosgei's win in the prestigious London Marathon, another athlete was making the country proud approximately 1,100 miles away in Valencia, Spain.
Margaret Chelimo on Sunday, October 3, smashed the 10,000m World record.
The reigning World 5,000m silver medalist set a new record for the 10km race during the Ibercaja Road Race in Valencia clocking in at 29 minutes and 50 second.
She disclosed that despite being well prepared, she did not expect to break the world record.
“I had planned to run a good race because I had prepared well and I’m just happy that I managed a world record time. This is huge for me and it has come at the moment we are preparing for the next season,” said Chelimo.
Chelimo broke the existing record of 30 minutes and 1 second that had been set in September by Agnes Tirop at Roads to Records in Germany.
However, she failed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after she finished fourth in the 5,000m race during the Kenyan Championships. She was beaten by Lilian Kasait, Hellen Obiri and Agnes Tirop.
She bagged silver in the 5,000m during the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, coming in second after Hellen Obiri.
Chelimo won the 10km Boclassic race in Italy by a second, clocking a time of 30.43 minutes in December 2020.
In the men's category Collins Koros and Ronald Kirui came in second and third respectively to Norway's Zerei Kibrom who clocked 27:39 minutes. Koros finished the race in 27:41 minutes while Kirui clocked 27.56 minutes.
On Sunday, October 3, Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei, emerged victorious in the 2021 London Marathon.
The athlete clocked in at 2 hours 17 minutes 43 seconds smashing the 2 hours, 18 minutes, and 20 seconds record set by her compatriot Brigid Kosgei in 2019.