Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne won the Giants Geneva 10K in Geneva, Switzerland on Sunday, setting a new world record in 29:38. Her time was five seconds faster than the previous record, set by Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2017.
ICYMI, Kalkidan Gezahegne set a world record in the women's 10km with an astonishing 29:38 in Geneva.
The previous WR belonged to Joyciline Jepkosgei… who won today's London Marathon. pic.twitter.com/esw3m3ulRX
— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) October 3, 2021
Originally a 1,500m runner, Gezahegne, 30, won her first world indoor title in 2010 while still a teenager. She underwent Achilles tendon surgery in 2012 and ran very few races between 2014 and 2016. Since then, she has stepped up to the 10,000m and was the surprise bronze medalist in the event in Tokyo behind Sifan Hassan and Letesenbet Gidey.
In only the fourth road race of her career, she went out fast, cruising through the 5 km mark in 14:46, five seconds ahead of Kenya’s Celliphine Chespol and Agnes Tirop. Just last weekend, Tirop set a women-only world record of 30:01 for 10 km.
Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Kalkidan Gezahegne breaks the 10km world record with 29:38* at the The Giants Geneva 10km.
The Bahrani beat the previous record by five seconds🇧🇭 pic.twitter.com/MwUsfcF93C
— Muktarovich Ousmanova (@MOusmanova) October 3, 2021
Gezahegne slowed only slightly in the second half, running the last 5 km in 14:51 to cross the line in 29:38. Tirop ended up in second in 30:20 and Chespol finished third in 30:28. World half-marathon record-holder Kibiwott Kandie won the men’s race in 26:51, followed by Kenya’s Felix Kipkoech in 26:57 and Boniface Kibiwott in 27:13.