Rhonex Kipruto has smashed the 10km world record in Spain. (worldathletics.org)

The new decade has only just begun, but Rhonex Kipruto has already smashed the world record at the 10k Valencia Ibercaja, clocking 26:24*. The 20 year old Kenyan won the World Athletics Gold Label road race in Spain, and is the current world 10,000m bronze medallist.

The current fastest times have only been recorded on the track by legendary Ethiopian duo Kenenisa Bekele (26:17.53) and Haile Gebrselassie (26:22.75). To date, Paul Tergat holds the Kenyan 10,000m record at 26:27:85.

In the women’s race, Sheila Chepkirui, won the race in 29:46 to win the women’s race, followed by fellow compatriots to sweep the podium. She is currently the second fastest woman of all time.

RESULTS

Men
1 Rhonex Kipruto (KEN) 26:24
2 Benard Kimeli (KEN) 27:12
3 Julien Wanders (SUI) 27:13
4 Jacob Kirop (KEN) 27:30
5 Shadrack Koech (KEN) 27:32
6 Stephen Kissa (UGA) 27:47
7 Djilali Bedrani (FRA) 27:50
8 Alex Korio (KEN) 27:53
9 Chala Regasa Ketema (ETH) 28:00
10 Sikiyas Misganaw (ETH) 28:01

Women
1 Sheila Chepkirui (KEN) 29:46
2 Rosemary Wanjiru (KEN) 29:51
3 Norah Jeruto (KEN) 29:51
4 Bosena Mulate (ETH) 30:50
5 Lonah Chemtai Salpeter (ISR) 31:09
6 Rediet Daniel (ETH) 31:55
7 Rachael Zena Chebet (UGA) 32:00
8 Karolina Nadolska (POL) 32:08
9 Jenny Nesbitt (GBR) 32:42
10 Mercy Chemutai Koech (KEN) 32:46

*Subject to the usual ratification procedure

Source: worldathletics.org