15k World Record by Ethiopian Gidey in Nijmegen
The Ethiopian athlete Letesenbet Gidey has beaten a world historic brand in the Dutch town of Nijmegen. Gidey, a silver medalist in the 10,000 meters at the Doha World Cup, stopped the clock at 44:21 in the 15 kilometers of the 'Zevenheuvelenloop' test, with a great tradition and in which a year ago Cheptegei also crushed the world record with a record of 41:05.
Improving the previous brand in more than one minute
The African the previous record established by Jepkosgei in Prague improved in more than one minute two years ago (45:37). Gidey ran the first five kilometers in 15’09 ”and climbed the pace considerably in the next five to the point, for example running the kilometer 15 in spectacular 2’44”. He made the last three kilometers, in this order, in 2:49, 2:52 and 2:50, covering the last 10 kilometers in 29'12 ”, the best record ever in any condition covering this distance.
“I felt that I was in a good shape during preparation and my legs responded well during the race,” said Gidey, U20 world champion of cross in 2015 and 2017, After breaking the record. "I was surprised to have achieved the record with this margin compared to the previous mark, but I had perfect legs and it was a good race."
Stephen Kissa, male winner
The Ugandan Stephen Kissa took the victory in the men's section with a record of 41'49 ”, 44 seconds slower than the time that Chepetegei nailed last year to establish a new world record.