The reigning World Cross Country silver medalist, Berihu Aregawi ran the second fastest time in history at the 10km Villa de Laredo Road Race held on Saturday (11) in France.
The 22 year-old who is the World 5km record holder threatened to tear apart the world 10km record that is held by Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto of 26:24 that he set three years ago, when he ran a course record time of 26:33 missing the World record by nine seconds.
The 2018 World U20 10,000m bronze medallist, who came to this race with a personal best of 28:18, erased the old course record of 27:13 that had been set four years ago by Uganda’s Stephen Kissa and moved to second place in the world standing behind Kipruto.
Ireland’s Efrem Gidey came home in second with a time of 28:17 with Great Britain’s Tom Mortimer closing the podium three finishes in 28:18.
Spain’s Fernando Carro and Javier Guerra came home in fourth and fifth in a time of 28:18 and 28:23 respectively.
- Berihu Aregawi (ETH) 26:33
- Efrem Gidey (IRL) 28:17
- Tom Mortimer (GBR) 28:18
- Fernando Carro (ESP) 28:18
- Javier Guerra (ESP) 28:23