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5km and 10km world records for Kenya’s Agnes Ngetich at the Brasov Running Festival


En route, the Kenyan passed through 5km in 14:25 which is also a
women-only world record.

The race started at a hectic pace right from the gun with
Ngetiich, fellow Kenyan Catherine Reline and Ugandas Joy
Cheptoyek leaving the pacemaker who had been asked to tow
the runners through 5km in 15:00 quickly behind.

The trio sped through 1500 metres in a super-fast 4:12, leaving
onlookers to wonder about the wisdom of such a fast start as
Cheptoyek started to lose contact with the Kenyan pair at around

Ngetich and Reline went through 3km in 8:32 but it was only a few
hundred metres down the road in the Coresi district on the
outskirts of the Transylvanian city that the latter started to drift
back and from then on Ngetich was out on her own.

The 2023 World Cross Country Championships bronze medallist
who finished second in Brasov 12 months ago and was sixth more
recently in the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23
10,000m last month in a personal best of 31:34.83 went through
5km in stunning women-only world record of 14:25, four seconds
faster than the existing mark of Ethiopias Senbere Teferi from 2021.

By 7km, Ngetich had built up an 18-second lead over Reline and
the gap just kept on widening.

Ngetich passed the 8.5km checkpoint in 24:56, with Reline second
in 25:29 and she continued to fly over the last half of the three-lap
course before acquiring her second world record of the morning.

The world record is a surprise to me, I was just thinking about the
course record [30:07 set by her fellow Kenyan Sheila Chepkirui last
year] or a personal best, reflected Ngetich.

I actually thought it was a false start, but I just kept going, nobody
called us back, and then I didnt worry about the fast early pace,
she joked.

I started the year in a perfect way with a medal at the world
cross and I just wanted to finish the season with a good result, but I
still cant believe its a world record.

Behind Ngetich, the unheralded Reline made a huge impression
to finish second in 30:14 with Cheptoyek hanging on to finish third
in 30:34.

The mens race also produced plenty of thrills and excitement as
Weldon Langat made it a Kenyan double triumph in Brasov,
winning the mens Trunsylvania 10km a World Athletics Elite Label
Race and the only road race of this status in Romania in 27:05.

A large group of seven men went through 5lm in 13:30, with
another four just two seconds further back at the halfway point.

However, surges in the sixth kilometre by the Kenyan Amos Kurgat
and Dennis Kibet saw the pair pull away with Weldon Langat
being towed along comfortably in their wake.

Kibet continued to regularly push the pace over the course of the
next three kilometres but with just over one kilometre to go, he
started to pay for his service at the front.

As Kurgat and Langat embarked on the final kilometre, the latter
used that as a signal to change gears and made a decisive move
that took him to victory just over two-and-a-half minutes later.

Kurgat took second in 27:12 while the 2018 world U20 champion
Edward Pingua Zakayo came through strongly over the final
kilometre, firstly overtaking the tiring Kibet and then almost
catching Kurgat to complete an all-Kenyan podium in third place
with 27:14.

Full results from the Trunsylvania 10km and all the races from the
Brasov Running Festival are
here and a video of the races is
available on the
Brasov Running Festival YouTube channel.