• This new milestone adds to the 10K World Record achieved this January 12 by Rhonex Kipruto (26:24)
• Besides the European record (Area Record) that Julien Wanders renewed (27:13), several records were broken by other nationalities such as Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands and Scotland or Poland in the women’s race.
Valencia, 12-01-2020.- The 12th edition of the 10K Valencia Ibercaja, which this year premiered the World Athletics Gold Label (new name of the IAAF), continues adding new milestones to the history of athletics. After the 10K world road record achieved by Rhonex Kipruto on Sunday, 12 January (26:24), it is also confirmed that the time achieved in his first 5km run becomes the 5K world record (13:18).
What is already the fastest 10K race in the world was also the stage for other historic records such as the European record (Area Record) that was renewed by Julien Wanders (27:13), as well as the time achieved by the athlete Sheila Chepkirui (29:46) that consolidates her position as the second fastest woman of all time.
In terms of the sporting direction of the race, José Enrique Acuña has shown his satisfaction for the results obtained in this XII edition of the 10K Valencia Ibercaja. “The effort has paid off. High level athletes came, and their great work, that of their coaches and the great circuit of this race has made it possible to achieve a dream”, stated Acuña.
Furthermore, in this edition of the 10K, by following in the path of the race’s lead car, the Hyundai Autiber Motor’s Kona hybrid, (the race’s official vehicle), up to 29 male athletes crossed the finish line in under 29 minutes (the first 8 did so in under 28 minutes) and the first three women managed to do so in under 30 minutes, achieving the second, third and fourth best times in the history of a 10K.
Other great acheivements
The 10K Valencia Ibercaja also produced very important results for other countries. In fact, several national 10K records were achieved for men, apart from Switzerland (Julien Wanders) and Kenya (Rhonex Kipruto), also for Italy (Daniele Meucci, 28:08), Holland (Richard Douma, 28:09) and Scotland (Callum Hawkins (28:02), and in Poland (Karolina Naldoska, 32:08) in women’s category.
As for the performance of Spanish athletes, Juan Antonio “Chiki” Pérez finished the race in 28:09. The athlete from Serrano C.A. was the first national runner to cross the finish line ahead of Javi Guerra (28:11, personal best) and Alejandro Fernández (28:36, personal best).
Javi Guerra achieved his personal best in 10K, which is the 6th best Spanish record in history and the Spanish M35 record in 10K en route. On the podium of the best Spanish times is still ‘Chiki’ Perez with his 27:59 achieved in the last edition of the 10K Valencia Ibercaja (3rd best 10K in Spain). The Spanish female podium was made up of Laura Méndez (33:01), Isabel Checa (33:55) and Alicia Pérez (34:13). Of these, both Laura and Alicia achieved their personal best.
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