Sensational 26:44 World record in the 10Km for Leonard Komon in Utrecht (Aktiefoto) © Copyright
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Komon smashes through 27-minute barrier with 26:44 run in Utrecht 10Km

Leonard Patrick Komon of Kenya smashed the World record* in the 10Km at the ABN AMRO Singelloop in Utrecht, The Netherlands, today (26).

The 22-year-old clocked a jaw-dropping 26:44 over the 10 kilometre course to knock a massive 17 seconds from the previous mark of 27:01 set by his compatriot Micah Kogo in Brunssum, the Netherlands, on 29 March 2009.

Last year Komon clocked 27:10 in Utrecht to occupy the No. 5 position over the distance all-time and vowed to return this year to challenge not only the World record, but the 27-minute barrier as well.

Fast from the outset, Komon, the 2008 World Cross Country silver medallist, covered the first kilometre in 2:36 and reached the first five kilometres in 13:19 (unofficial).

Kenyan Sammy Kitwara was a distant second, clocking 27:11.

More details to follow as they become available.

IAAF

Leading results -
1. Leonard Komon, KEN     26:44
2. Sammy Kitwara, KEN     27:11
3. Bonface Kiriu, KEN     28:08   
4. John Mwangangi, KEN    28:10
5. Ezekiel Chebii, KEN    28:34
6. Clint Perret, AUS      28:58
7. Taha Belkorchi, MAR    29:16

* pending the usual ratification procedures