Agnes Ngetich Smashes World 10km Record In Valencia

Kenya's Agnes Ngetich obliterated the women's world 10km record by running 28:46 at the 10K Valencia Ibercaja, a World Athletics Label road race on Sunday, becoming the first woman to break 29 minutes for the distance. Photo: World Athletics / © Sportmedia.es

Kenya’s Agnes Ngetich obliterated the women’s world 10km record by running 28:46* at the 10K Valencia Ibercaja, a World Athletics Label road race, on Sunday 14 January, 2024.

The 22-year-old becomes the first woman to break 29 minutes for the distance, improving by 28 seconds the previous road mixed race world record set by Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw, in Castellon two years ago. Emmaculate Anyango also ran under 29 minutes in Valencia, clocking 28:57 to finish runner-up to her compatriot.

World cross country bronze medallist Ngetich was paced in the Spanish coastal city by her compatriot Japheth Kipkemboi Kosgei, and the first world record fell at half-way, as Ngetich went through the 5km checkpoint in 14:13. That is six seconds faster than the women’s world record achieved in a mixed race, set by Ethiopia’s Ejgayehu Taye in Barcelona in 2021, and matches the time Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet set in a woman-only race in Barcelona, a fortnight ago.

Ngetich’s 10km time is also faster than the women’s world record for the distance on the track, with Letesenbet Gidey’s world 10,000m record standing at 29:01.03.

A total of 11 women reached 5km under the 15:00 barrier, Uganda’s Joy Cheptoyek running in fourth place in 14:49 ahead of a large Kenyan squad which included Irine Cheptai and Janeth Chepngetich. Britain’s Jessica Warner-Judd was timed at 14:55, well on schedule to break her fellow Briton Eilish McColgan’s European record of 30:19 set in Manchester two years ago.

A lonesome Ngetich passed the eighth kilometre mark in 23:10 to confirm a monster performance was on the cards. At the tape, the Iten-based Ngetich made history and she was joined 11 seconds later by Anyango, who also dipped under the 29-minute barrier, to run 17 seconds faster than the previous world record.

“Honestly, my clear goal was to break the world record but 28:46 is beyond any expectations,” said Ngetich. “When I saw 14:13 by half way I didn’t scare, it just motivated me a lot to keep on pushing until the end.”

“I have no words to describe what I feel now. I’ll be doing the Kenyan trials for Belgrade, where I would like to improve on my bronze medal from last year,” she added.

Leading Women’s Results at the 10K Valencia Ibercaja, on Sunday 14 January, 2024

1. Agnes Ngetich (Kenya) 28:46
2. Emmaculate Anyango (Kenya) 28:57
3. Lilian Rengeruk (Kenya) 29:32
4. Janeth Chepngetich (Kenya) 29:55
5. Joy Cheptoyek (Uganda) 30:03
6. Loice Chemnung (Kenya) 30:08
7. Cintia Chepngeno (Kenya) 30:08
8. Irine Cheptai (Kenya) 30:17
9. Fotyen Tesfay Hailu (Ethiopia) 30:20
10. Sarah Chelangat (Uganda) 30:26

Photo Caption: Kenya’s Agnes Ngetich obliterated the women’s world 10km record by running 28:46 at the 10K Valencia Ibercaja, a World Athletics Label road race on Sunday, becoming the first woman to break 29 minutes for the distance. Photo: World Athletics / © Sportmedia.es

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