Florence Kiplagat overtakes Linet Masai to lead a Kenyan 1-2 in the senior women's race (Getty Images) © Copyright
In the women's race, Kiplagat, the 2009 World Cross Country champion, made her debut over the distance an auspicious one, clocking 1:07:40 to take a comfortable eight-second victory over Kenyan Peninah Arusei (1:07:48). Last year the 23-year-old Kiplagat broke the Kenyan record in the 10,000m with her 30:11.53 run in Utrecht, The Netherlands. With her brisk debut over 21.1 Km, Kiplagat finds herself well inside the event's top-20 all-time.
In a tight race on the men's side, Kiprop, the African 10,000m champion on the track, beat compatriot Bernard Kipyego by one second in 59:34. It was a massive improvement for the 23-year-old Kiprop, who chopped exactly one minute from his previous career best which was set last year in Berlin. The performances by Kiprop and Kipyego (59:40) were the sixth and seventh fastest performances of the year.
Silas Kipruto, also from Kenya, finished third in 59:52 to also dip under the 60-minute mark. About a minute back, Allan Ndiwa (1:00:45), Abdellatif Meftah (1:00:46) and Jairus Chanchima (1:00:57) another Kenyan, all reached the finish in under 61 minutes.
Bob Ramsak for the IAAF