04 OCT 2010 General News

Komon and Kogo to face-off over 10Km in Berlin

Sensational 26:44 World record in the 10Km for Leonard Komon in Utrecht (Aktiefoto)Sensational 26:44 World record in the 10Km for Leonard Komon in Utrecht (Aktiefoto) © Copyright
Berlin, GermanKenyans Leonard Komon and Micah Kogo, history's two fastest men over 10 kilometres on the roads, will face-off in the Asics Grand 10 in Berlin on Sunday (10).

Komon became the first man in history to dip under 27 minutes in a 10Km road race when he shattered the World record in Utrecht, The Netherlands two weeks ago, clocking 26:44*. Kogo, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist over the distance on the track, was the previous World record holder at 27:01, which he set in Brunssum, The Netherlands, in 2009. Pacesetters will ensure a quick pace and possible World record assault in the race through the streets of the German capital.

Also in the field are defending champion Jan Kreisinger (Czech Republic) and German Marathon runner Falk Cierpinski. Poland's Karolina Jarczynska and Agnieszka Gortel are the favourites in the women’s race.

Organisers, who had witnessed a double World record in their BIG 25Km race in May this year, expect up to 7000 runners to take part in the event in the centre of Berlin.

Organisers for the IAAF

* pending the usual ratification procedures