Yomif Kejelcha wins the 10km in Laredo (© Organisers)
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Yomif Wins 10km Race in Spain’s Laredo

Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha recorded the third-fastest time in men’s 10 kilometer race’s history in a win at the World Athletics Label event in the northern Spanish town of Laredo on Saturday.

Racing under ideal weather conditions on a 15ºC windless afternoon, World indoor mile record-holder Yomif finished in 26:37.

Only Rhonex Kipruto with his world record of 26:24 set in Valencia four years ago and Berihu Aregawi with his 26:33 run in Laredo last year have gone faster.

“I came to Laredo to break the world record but it was not possible,” said Yomif.

“I felt some discomfort in my hip around the eighth kilometer and could not maintain my speed,” the 26-year-old added.

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei – the world 5000m and 10,000m record-holder – claimed the second spot clocking in 26:53. The 20-year-old Ethiopian Addisu Yihune completed the race in third spot with a lifetime best of 27:28.

Cheptegei said his main goal was to get the Olympic 10,000m standard of 27:00 and he expressed his happiness at having reached that target two weeks before he competes at the World Cross Country Championships in Belgrade.