Kenyan runner Agnes Ngetich broke the 10-kilometer world record on Sunday, shaving 28 seconds off the previous mark and becoming the first woman to run the distance in under 29 minutes.
Ngetich crossed the line in 28 minutes, 46 seconds, in Valencia, Spain.
That bettered the previous road mixed race world record set by Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw in the Spanish coastal city of Castellon two years ago by 28 seconds.
Governing body World Athletics said the time is also faster than the women’s WR for the distance on the track, held by Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey with 29:01.03.
“To go under 29 minutes … I didn’t expect to do this time,” Ngetich said. “The course is awesome. I came with the goal of improving my personal best.”
Ngetich, the 22-year-old world cross country championships 2023 team gold medalist, had previously set the 10-kilometer world record in a women-only race in September with a time of 29:24.
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