• Julien Wanders renews his European record (Area Record) with 27:13
• This event beats two circuit records. Sheila Chepkirui wins in the women’s category with 29:46, being only four seconds away from the world record for the women’s10K.
València, 12-01-2020.- The 10K Valencia Ibercaja, which this year premieres the World Athletics Gold Label (new name of the IAAF), becomes the fastest 10K race in the world after Rhonex Kipruto broke the World Record for 10K with 26:24.
This goes to show that the Kenyan athlete has proven Valencia is still the fastest city to run when he surpassed the time set by Joshua Cheptegei last December 1st in the 10K Valencia Trinidad Alfonso.
Kipruto was very happy and said that the 10K Valencia Ibercaja circuit is “fantastic. In fact, Valencia is a fantastic place to race, first class. The track is spectacular and so are the conditions in Valencia”. “It wasn’t in my plans to beat the WR, but it was something I wanted and I was very happy. It was a bit cold but I felt very good,” he added.
Record in Europe and on the women’s circuit
In addition to Kipruto’s great achievement, in this 12th edition of the 10K Valencia Ibercaja, the European record of 10K achieved by Julien Wanders (27:13) has also now been added. The Swiss athlete beat his own record and emphasised that he had prepared a lot for this. “I am very happy to have achieved it. I tried to fight for the world record, but this time is also an achievement”, he points out. Wanders also assured that Valencia “is a show, it’s the City of Running. It will be one of the best places to get the best world records and I want to try to come to Valencia for the Half Marathon, and again for this 10K”.
Another record of the day came from the athlete Sheila Chepkirui, who was the first woman to cross the finish line in 29:46, beating the route record. The Kenyan athlete was only four seconds away from the female World Record in this distance, Sheila said she felt very well and very happy during her race.
Great level in the Spanish athletes
As for the performance of Spanish athletes, Juan Antonio “Chiki” Pérez crossed the line at 28:09. The Serrano C.A. athlete was the first national to cross the finish line ahead of Javi Guerra (28:11) and Alejandro Fernández (28:36). The Spanish female podium was made up of Laura Méndez (33:01), Isabel Checa (33:55) and Alicia Pérez (34:13).
Record of race finishers
By all accounts, the 10K Valencia Ibercaja fulfils its objective of celebrating its most ambitious and numerous edition, as it has also achieved a record number of finishers in 2020. In total, 12,127 runners crossed the finish line for what is already the fastest 10K in the world.
This edition of the 10K Valencia Ibercaja privided again a great atmosphere in its starting and finishing areas, livened up by the famous ‘Hu-Ha!’ of Chimo Bayo. This January 12, Valencia City of Running has again been the scene of one of the best races in the world!
Classifications in www.10kvalencia.com:
1.- Rhonex Kipruto 26:24 (WR)
2.- Bernard Kimeli 27:12
3.- Julian Wanders 27:13 (AR_Europe)
1.- Sheila Chepkirui 29:46 (women today’s record winner)
2.- Rosemary Wanjiru 29:50
3.- Norah Jeruto 29:51