General News 10 October 2010 – Berlin, Germany

Komon on fire – 27:12 in Berlin

Leonard Komon clocks 27:12 in Berlin (ASICS Grand 10/Jürgen Engler)Leonard Komon clocks 27:12 in Berlin (ASICS Grand 10/Jürgen Engler) © Copyright
Berlin, GermanyLeonard Komon clocked a German All-comers 10Km Record at the ASICS Grand 10 in Berlin on Sunday (10).

In another sizzling run, the Kenyan clocked 27:12, well outside his World record of 26:44 set in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 26 September, but nonetheless a performance which only seven other men have ever bettered on the roads.

The much anticipated clash between Komon and the man whose record he broke, Kenyan Micah Kogo, was dominated by the 22-year-old. Together with fellow Kenyans Mike Kigen and Jacub Cheshari they formed an early leading group. But in the second half Komon was clearly superior.

The previous German All-comers Record was established just one month ago, when Kenyan Daniel Chebii had taken the Duesseldorf Koe-Race in 27:43.

Komon’s Berlin time is the 11th fastest ever run at this distance and the fourth fastest in the world this year. He is now the only athlete to have run the 10Km inside 27:15 minutes three times (26:44, 27:10 and 27:12).

“Before the race I was not sure if I would be able to break my world record once again. But it was still a superb race and the spectators were great,” said Komon, who now plans to end his season.

Runner-up Kigen also clocked a world-class time of 27:25, a personal best. Fellow Kenyans Jacub Cheshari (28:10), Micah Kogo (28:24) and Stephen Tum (28:25) took the next places while defending champion Jan Kreisinger (Czech Republic/29:37) was sixth.

In contrast the women’s race was much weaker. Agnieszka Gortel of Poland clocked a personal best of 34:08 well ahead of runner-up Carina Schipp of Germany (36:30).

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