Kenya’s Agnes Tirop pulled a surprise to many when she broke the World 10K women race in Bengaluru that was held early Sunday in Bengaluru, India.
The race that was ran under humid and hot conditions could not prevent the battle between three women who all went through the race with a course record in mind as they fought their way to the very last 500m which separated the three.
A pack of nine runners went through two kilometres in 6:30 and three in 9:42 before a slight increase in pace saw the pack reduced to the five main protagonists at the halfway point, reached in 16:01.
The Kenya trio of Pauline Kamulu, Caroline Kipkirui and Agnes Tirop were accompanied by Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta and Senbere Teferi.
With the world half marathon champion Gudeta continuing to force the pace, as she had done almost from the gun, after 6km Kamulu started to drop away.
After nine kilometres was passed in 28:25, Kipkirui started to suffer and was unable to stay with her two rivals. With 500m to go it was down to a head-to-head battle between Teferi and Tirop, the latter using her sub-8:30 speed over 3000m on the track to outkick Teferi about 250m from the line before winning in 31:19.
“I knew my training had been going well but I didn’t come here expecting to win as it was such a strong field. Maybe my chances were 50/50. It helped that the Ethiopians made the pace in the first half of the race and I felt very comfortable following them,” said Tirop.
The Ethiopian crossed the line in second place three seconds later while Kipkirui closed the podium three in 31:28.
Gudeta and Kamulu took fourth and fifth place in 31:53 and 32:16 respectively.
irop was closely followed by Teferi
- Agnes Tirop (KEN) 31:19
- Senbere Teferi (ETH) 31:22
- Caroline Kipkirui (KEN) 31:28
- Netsanet Gudeta (ETH) 31:53
- Pauline Kamulu (KEN) 32:16
Former World cross country champion Agnes Jebet Tirop will headline the 11th edition of the Bengaluru 10k Race that will be held on Sunday 8, July in Bengaluru, India.
The 23 year-old comes to this race with a personal best of 31:00 that she got at Tilburg in Netherlands in 2017.
She will face off with her fellow country mate, Pauline Kaveke Kamulu and Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui as they seek to thump thumb the Kenyan dominance in road races.
The trio will face-off with Netsanet Gudeta from Ethiopia who recently beat the world half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei at the 2018 World Half Marathon that was held in Valencia.The Ethiopian comes to this race with second fastest time of 31:35 that she got at Ottawa in 2017.
Kamulu will also be seeking to create history as she is fresh from finishing second in women’s 3,000m flat at the Doha Diamond League earlier this month. The 24 year-old won bronze at the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships in a personal best of 1:06.56.
Kipkirui heads to Bengaluru 10K race with a personal best of 31:58 that she got at Mobile, United States in 2016.
The trio will be looking to lower the course record of 31:58 that was set by Ethiopian Wude Ayalew in 2010.
Two more Ethiopians will also be on the start line led by Sanbere Teferi and Zeineba Yimer.
The International Athletics Association of Federations (IAAF) confirmed on Monday (14) that the world record that was set by Ethiopian Netsanet Gudeta on March 24 when she smashed the women’s only race world record at the world half marathon championships in Valencia, Spain.
Gudeta got a record of 1:06.11 to break a former record of 1:06.25 that was set by Dutch Lornah Kiplagat on October 14, 2007.
the 27 year-old got her first success in senior competitions after she had been the 4th place in Cardiff (UK) in 2016.
The winner’s podium was completed by Kenyan Jocyline Jepkosgei (silver medal) and Pauline Kamulu (bronze).
IAAF also ratified the world record by indoors got by the male 4×400 relay team of Poland, composed by Karol Zalewski, Rafal Omelko, Lukasz Krawczuk and Jakub Krzewina on March 4 at the Indoor Championship in Birmingham, UK with 3:01.77.
The Polish quartet won and set their record over US Kyle Clemons, David Verburg, Kind Butler and Calvin Smith, who got 3:02.13 in Sopot, Poland on March 9, 2014.