ADDIS ABABA – Yomif Kejelcha won a 5km race at the Adizero Road to Records event in Germany’s Herzogenaurach town on Saturday, making the fastest debut in history.
The Ethiopian, a two-time world indoor champion, won the men’s race in 12:53 – just four seconds shy of the world record.
Yomif won by two seconds from Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli, making it the first road 5km ever in which two men have broken 13 minutes, according to the World Athletics (WA) report. Kenyan Levy Kibet finished third in 13:02..
Ethiopian runners dominated the women’s races.
Senbere Teferi retained her 5km title, clocking 14:37 to win by 16 seconds from compatriot Medina Eisa, whose 14:53 clocking is a world U20 and U18 best. Kenyan Mercy Cherono was third in 14:56.
In the 10km Women’s race, Fentaye Belayneh made a convincing debut, unleashing an impressive long drive for home en route to winning in 30:24.
It is the fastest time by an Ethiopian in a women-only race, said the World’s athletics governing body WA. Kenyan duo Joyce Chepkemoi (30:33) and Sheila Chepkirui (30:35) took the other podium places.
In Women’s half marathon, former 800m specialist Tigist Assefa took almost a minute off her Personal Best to win the race in 1:07:28.
Rosemary Wanjiru finished second in 1:07:36, six seconds ahead of Ethiopia’s Bezabeh Zeray.
Featured Image: Two-time world indoor champion Yomif was the standout performer at the Adizero Road to Records event in Gemany [Photo Theo Kiefner]