Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei bettered her own 10K road world record on Saturday, and in doing so became the first woman to break 30 minutes off the track.
The 23-year-old ran 29:43 at the Prague Grand Prix in the Czech Republic on Saturday and set a new world best for the road 5K splitting 14:32 through halfway. The previous 5K road best was 14:46, according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians.
The current women’s 10,000m world record is 29:17.45, a record which Almaz Ayana set at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Track and road racing records are kept separately by the IAAF, the world’s governing body.
World 10km record of 29:43 for Joyciline Jepkosgei in Prague. She set a world best for 5km of 14:33 en route to that win.
— Jon Mulkeen (@Statman_Jon) September 9, 2017
Jepkosgei held the previous 10K road world record, which she accomplished during the Prague Half-Marathon. In that race, she broke four world records including 10K (30:04), 15K, 20K and the half-marathon (1:04:52) marks.
— Žaneta Peřinová (@ZanetaPerinova) September 9, 2017
— RunCzech (@RunCzech) September 9, 2017