Kenya’s Charles Langat beat the defending champion Gabriel Geay in a thrilling sprint finish at the 54th edition of the AJC Peachtree Road Race 10-K held on Tuesday (04) in Atlanta, United States.
Gaey who is the reigning Boston Marathon champion was leading the race with few meters to go and he was seen as the clear winner but fate had other plans as Langat came from behind with one of the most astonishing speed to cut the tape first in a time of 27:42.
Another thriller was to follow as Ethiopia’s Nibret Melak almost overtook Geay, but the photo finish revealed that Melak came in third and Geay came in second and both were given same score sheet of 27:43.
The 2019 All-Africa Games 10,000m bronze medallist, Jemal Yimer and USA based Kenyan Edwin Kurgat finishe in fourth and fifth in respective time of 27:44 and 27:49.
This is the first time in history of this race that the top five athletes came home under the 27:50 mark.
- Charles Langat (KEN) 27:42
- Gabriel Geay (TZA) 27:43
- Nibret Melak (ETH) 27:43
- Jemal Yimer (ETH) 27:44
- Edwin Kurgat (KEN) 27:49