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Kipruto beats 5K world record en route to 10K world record in Valencia

Kipruto smashed the 5K world record on his way to a 14-second improvement of the 10K world record

Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya ran a new 10K world record in 26:24 on Sunday morning in Valencia, Spain. The 10,000m Worlds bronze medallist took 14 seconds off Joshua Cheptegei’s record that’s only six weeks old.

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Not only did Kipruto set a new 10K world record, but his first 5K, which he ran in 13:18, was also technically a record-breaking mark. The Adidas athlete closed even faster, negative splitting the race to finish in 13:06 (although World Athletics said these times are ineligible for ratification).

The current 5K world record is held by Robert Keter at 13:22.

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Third place runner Julien Wanders of Switzerland broke his own European 10K record. Wanders is also the European record-holder over the 5K and half-marathon. Wanders finished third in 27:13 to Benard Kimeli, who bested him by one second (27:12).

Kipruto is a World Junior champion who broke onto the senior scene in 2019. At only 20 years old, the runner was relatively new to the circuit but managed to claim a Diamond League title in Stockholm and bronze at the World Championships.

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In the women’s race, Sheila Chepkirui just missed the 10K world record. The Kenyan runner crossed the line in 29:46, making her the second-fastest woman of all time over the distance.

Rosemary Wanjiru tied for second place with Norah Jeruto. They both crossed the line in 29:51.  With three women running under 30 minutes for the 10K, Valencia 2020 was one of the fastest 10K races in women’s history.