World women-only 10km record holder, Agnes Ngetich jetted back into the country to a heroic reception for her splendid performance at the Transylvania 10km in Brasov, Romania, on Sunday.
The golden girl was received at the airport with songs and dance by her family, coach and close friends.
The 22 year-old stormed through the initial 5km in an astonishing time of 14:25, which was four seconds quicker than the previous time as she sailed through to smash old women-only world record that had been set by the Late Agnes Tirop in Herzogenaurach in 2021 with a new world record of 29:24 taking off a staggering 31 seconds.
Chebet while speaking to the media said, Am very happy and I never expected to run a world record, my focus was a personal best of 30:02 or the course record which was 30:07 and had been set last year by her compatriot Sheila Chepkirui”.
“I thank my management, my mum Veronicah Jeruto, coach Ruth Chepchumba Bundotich and everyone that cheered me on during the race and most of all I thank God for this record and victory,” she said. Chepchumba who discovered Ngetich when she was 12 year’s old was full of praise to God and to her ‘daughter” for the splendid performance that she displayed while in Romania.
“I first saw her during the school games and she was participating in the 5000m race which she was to win but tripped and fell down to finish second, she cried wanting to be given her position but I encouraged her that they is next time,” Bundotich narrated.
“I received the news when I was about to preach at church as it was on a Sunday but I had to request for an excuse to go out and cry because I was so emotional,” she said.
After composing herself, she came back to the church and shared her preaching on 1 Corinthians 9:24, which says, “Surely you know that many runners take part in a race, but only one of them wins the prize. Run, then, in such a way as to win the prize”.
Ngetich was followed by Catherine Relin who is ranked the fifth fastest women this year over the 21k distance with a time of 1:05.39 with Uganda’s Joy Cheptoyek wrapping up the podium three finishes.
Ngetich who has closed her season on high says now her main focus is on the 2024 Paris Olympics. “My plan now is to focus on Olympics which is the main event in the coming season and because I want good results, I have to strategize with my team on how we will be formulating to achieve good results”, she concluded.