News : World Record of 'very young' 5km in Lille

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World Record of 'very young' 5km in Lille

Robert Keter, upon arrival
Robert Keter, upon arrival

This past weekend another historical day was lived in our athletics and this 2019 they are already… In Lille, in about 5 kilometers without apparently a lot of tradition but with a list of first level participants, Kenyan Robert Keter broke the IAAF world record of the 5 kilometers en route that until now the Swiss Julien Wanders showed. Keter stopped the clock in the French town at 27:21:56, seven seconds faster than Wanders, who managed to make a record of 27:29 last February.

First 5km test

It is the case that the IAAF introduced last year the distance of 5km on the road for world record purposes, so it is a very young record in which two young athletes of the likes of Wanders and Keter have already left their seal . "I'm very happy. The race was great, it was my first 5km road race ”. Gilbert Kwemoi, Stanley Waithaka and David Kiplangat, Robert's compatriots, also ran below the record (they all entered the finish line at 27:28).

In the women's race, the victory went to the Kenyan Mercy Jerop, who was only 17 years old and made a 16:21 mark.

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