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Weini Kelati sets new American women’s-only 10K record

Kelati beat Molly Huddle's previous women-only American 10K record by three seconds

History was made again on the streets of Boston, one week after the marathon, as Weini Kelati set a new American women-only record at the Boston Women’s 10K. Kelati broke the tape in 31:18, beating Molly Huddle’s previous women-only 10K record by three seconds, set at the same race in 2015. 

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Kelati is new to the professional scene, as this was her first win as a pro with Under Armour. She had a dominant NCAA career, winning the two national cross country titles while at the University of New Mexico. Kelati was on a mission, averaging 3:08 kilometre pace, running a solo effort from four kilometres on. Kelati won the race by 39 seconds over her training partner, Sharon Lokedi.

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Shalane Flanagan holds the American 10K record of 30:52, but it is not ratified as a women-only record as it was in a mixed race. Kelati was born in Eritrea, but has resided in the U.S. over the past 10 years and became a U.S. citizen this summer before competing at U.S. Olympic Trials over 10,000m. 

Course record shattered at the Paris Marathon

Kenya’s Elisha Rotich won the men’s race, and Ethiopia’s Tigist Memuye topped the women’s podium at the Paris Marathon on Sunday.

Rotich ran a course record 2:04:23 to beat Ethiopia’s Hailelmaryam Kiros, who ran 2:04:42 in second place, and compatriot Hillary Kipsambu (2:04:45). This is Rotich’s first marathon win in three years.

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The women’s race went down to the wire, as the top four finished within 20 seconds of each other. Memuye crossed the line first in 2:26:12, shortly followed by Yenenesh Dinkesa (2:26:15) and Fantu Jimma (2:26:22) came second and third, as the Ethiopians swept the podium.

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The Paris Marathon featured 60,000 participants from 145 countries. The race was initially scheduled for April 2021, but was delayed by six months due to the pandemic.