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Kenya’s Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli and Irene Cheptai win TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2022 with course records

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]May 15 (ANI): Kenya’s Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli and Irene Cheptai set course records of 27:38 and 30:35 respectively in the 14th edition of the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2022 – a World Athletics Elite Label race – on Sunday.
Kipkorir Kimeli, fourth in the 5000m at the Olympics last summer, took the lead with a kilometer to go and pulled away from reigning Ethiopian U20 10,000m world champion Tadese Worku to cut the record for the men’s course of six seconds from the previous mark set by his compatriot. Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014.
The race got off to an unusual start with Kenya’s Reynold Kipkorir – who was ultimately expected to finish ninth – alone for much of the first 5km, passing the halfway mark at 2:00 p.m., with the rest of the elite peloton remaining around 70m away. late.
However, shortly after completing 5km, Worku shifted gears and began to tow the leading men quickly towards Kipkorir before passing him just before the 6km point and then picking up the pace again.
Kipkorir Kimeli continued to run just behind Worku for the next three kilometres, leaving his Ethiopian rival to do all the hard work as the pair gradually resumed course-record pace while also putting daylight between them and the rest of the peloton. male.
Worku still looked fresh as he reached the final kilometer but was unable to respond when Kipkorir Kimeli took the lead, the latter sprinting almost like a middle-distance runner over the final 300 meters on the approach from the finish line at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.
Kipkorir Kimeli crossed the line in 27:38 with Worku also inside the old record at 27:43 while Kenyan pre-race favorite and former half marathon world record holder Kibiwott Kandie gained three places in the last two kilometers and came in third in 27:57.
In contrast, Ethiopia’s two-time reigning world champion in the 5000m, Muktar Edris, was never in contention for the podium and finished seventh.

“I honestly didn’t expect to get the course record. When we hit 5K, we didn’t think we would get the course record, in fact, even when we broke the 7K mark, I didn’t think not that we would. But it wasn’t until Worku took the lead that I sped up towards the end,” Kipkorir Kimeli said.
The women’s race was held in a very different way to the men’s and Irene Cheptai took an even bigger slice of the women’s course record which had been held by the late Agnes Tirop at 31:19 since 2018.
After a lightning-fast two-kilometre opener of 3:02 and 3:04, a fast time was still likely and the race quickly narrowed to just three women up front: Cheptai, Obiri and fellow Kenyan Joyce Tele .
Tele began to lose touch with his compatriots on the fifth kilometer before Obriri, pushing the pace with Cheptai running in his wake, passed the halfway mark in 15:15.
Obiri led the race for the next two kilometres, covering 6km in 18:23 and 7km in 21:32, before Cheptai took his turn to push forward for a kilometer as Obiri briefly ran through a rough patch. However, Obiri quickly regained her composure and regained the lead just after launching into the penultimate kilometre.
The Kenyan pair continued their thrilling head-to-head battle, but with just 250 meters to go, Cheptai passed Obiri and was never led before crossing the line in a personal best 30:35, his first times in 31 minutes.
Obiri calmed down once she knew the race was lost, but still made it home in a breakout time of 30:44, also inside Tirop’s old course record, while Tele was a distant third in 31:47 to complete an all Kenyan podium.
“When we ran through a slanted patch in the road [just after 7km], I felt like Hellen’s pace was dropping, that’s when I tried harder to take the lead. But even when I entered the stadium for the last lap, I feared Hellen and kept pushing my speed to win,” commented Cheptai.
Both Kipkorir Kimeli and Cheptai won first place checks of $26,000 for their wins and course record bonuses of $8,000. (ANI)

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