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Kiplimo Wins IAAF Silver Label 10km Race in Spain

Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo recorded the fastest 10km performance in history at the San Silvestre Vallecana in Madrid, winning the IAAF Silver Label road race in 26:41 on Monday December 31, 2018.

The downhill nature of the course (5.5m per kilometer) means that his time can’t count as a world record, but it is still a notable performance as it took 13 seconds off the previous race record set by Eliud Kipchoge back in 2006.

The 18-year-old, who will still be an U20 athlete for the whole of 2019, was a late addition to the elite field but arrived in the Spanish capital off the back of a string of impressive cross-country victories.

The world U20 cross-country champion had contested just three 10km road races before today and has a best of 28:17, set when winning in Trento in October. In Madrid he was pushed by Ethiopia’s Abadi Hadis, who finished second in 26:54. Uganda’s Mande Bushendich was third in 27:24.

The women’s race was similarly swift as Brigid Kosgei and Hellen Obiri both finished within 30 minutes. Kosgei won in 29:54 while Obiri, who had never previously contested a 10km race either on the roads or track, finished second in 29:59. Multiple world and Olympic gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba was a distant third in 30:40.

Men Winners

1. Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda): 26:41
2. Abadi Hadis (Etiopía): 26:54
3. Mande Busheneich (Uganda): 27:24

Women Winners

1. Brigid Kosgei (Kenia): 29:54
2. Hellen Obiri (Kenia): 29:59
3. Tirunesh Dibaba (Etiopía): 30:40

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