Athlete Kalkidan Smashes 10km World Record in Geneva

ADDIS ABABA – Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Kalkidan Gezahegne won The Giants Geneva 10km on Sunday in 29:38, breaking the world record by five seconds.

The Ethiopian-born 30-year-old, who won silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics for Bahrain, smashed the record in just the fourth road race of her career, according to World Athletics.

By the time she reached the half-way point in 14:46, she had a five-second lead over Kenyan duo Celliphine Chespol and Agnes Tirop.

Ethiopian Athlete Dawit Seyaum also passed through half way inside 15 minutes, but she soon started to drop back.

The challenge from Chespol and Tirop also gradually faded, leaving Kalkidan with a significant lead.

The athlete covered the second half in 14:51, crossing the finish line in 29:38 to take five seconds off Joyciline Jepkosgei’s world record set in Prague in 2017.

Tirop finished second with her fellow Chespol third while Dawit settled for fourth place, clocking 31:25.