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Peninah Arusei clocks 31:46 in Paderborn

Kenyan runners once again dominated the "Paderborner Osterlauf", which drew a record number of 8016 runners in its 61st edition yesterday.

The Kenyans snatched victory in the four races and with one exception took all three top places. It was Peninah Arusei who produced the best result of the day, when she clocked 31:46 minutes to take the 10k race. This is the fifth fastest time of the year so far. The 28-year-old Kenyan was more than a minute ahead of Simret Restle. The German, who originally comes from Ethiopia, ran 33:04 for second place while Mika Jerotich (Kenya) was third with 33:11.

In the men’s race Moses Kigen just missed a sub 28 minutes time. The Kenyan won the race in 28:02. Organisers had hoped for a course record, but that remains at 27:47 minutes from Carsten Eich (Germany). A week ago Kigen had passed the 10k point in the Berlin Half Marathon in 27:30 minutes and then went on for fifth place in 60:39. Now he was slower in the 10k but won. Stanley Salil (Kenya) took second with 28:05, Johnstone Chepkwony (Kenya) was third in 28:19.

In the half marathon two runners finished sub 62 minutes. Abel Kirui (Kenya) just missed the course record by two seconds, clocking 61:32 minutes. Jonathan Maiyo was second with 61:38 while there was a big gap to third placed Francis Kiprop (both Kenya) who ran 63:57. It was all Kenya in the women’s race as well. Beatrice Omwanza took that one in 71:15. Emmah Kiruki (71:28) and Selina Chelimo (72:08) were second and third.

Jörg Wenig for the IAAF