Kalkidan Gezahegne destroys the 10km women world record

Kalkidan Gezahegne destroys the 10km women world record

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist in 10,000m race, Kalkidan Gezahegne from Bahrain destroyed the women only 10km world record at the Giants Geneva 10K Race that was held on Sunday (3) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 30-year-old who was running her fourth road race of her career, reached the half-way point in a time of 14:46 and she was five-second ahead of two Kenyans, Celliphine Chespol and Agnes Tirop, who last month set a women-only world record of 30:01 for the 10km distance.

The 30 year-old cut the tape in a new personal best of 29:38 to take five seconds off the women’s world record for a 10km road race.

Gezahegne who won silver behind Sifan Hassan at the Tokyo Olympics in August, bettered the mark of 29.43 set by Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2017.

Agnes Tirop, who last month set a new record for women-only races at the distance in a time of 30.01 was forced to settle in second place in 30:20 with Celliphine Chespol crossing the line in third in 30:28.

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