18-year-old Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda ran the world’s fastest 10K yesterday in Madrid, Spain at the San Silvestre Vallecana in 26:41. Due the the downhill San Silvestre course, his run wasn’t world record eligible. Leonard Patrick Komon holds the current 10K world record at 26:44, set back in 2005. Kiplimo is the U20 10,000m silver medallist and improved on his 10K personal best by over a minute and a half yesterday.
Second place in the men’s race went to Abadi Hadis of Ethiopia in 26:54 and third place went to Mande Bushendich in 27:24. The road race has happened every year for 54 years and gathers huge crowds and competitive fields.
Brigid Kosgei of Kenya took the win in the women’s race, beating out Tirunesh Dibaba and finishing in a new course record of 29:54. Kosgei had a great 2018, winning the Chicago Marathon and placing second in London. Her marathon personal best is 2:18:35 from Chicago.
Second place inc the women’s race went to Hellen Obiri of Kenya in 29:59 and Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia in 30:40. Dibaba is one of the fastest marathoners in the world. At 2:17:56, she’s run just seconds off of the women’s-only world record held by Mary Keitany at 2:17:01.