Bahrain's Kalkidan sets new World Record in 10K road race
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Bahrain’s elite long-distance runner Kalkidan Gezahegne yesterday set a new World Record en route to winning the Women’s Race at the The Giants Geneva 10K in Switzerland.
Kalkidan clocked a blistering mark of 29 minutes 38 seconds in the road race, in which she crossed the finish line nearly a minute quicker than her closest challenger.
The Tokyo Olympics 5,000m silver-medallist beat the previous World Record of 29:43 set by Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2017. Finishing behind her was Agnes Tirop of Kenya in 30:20, while Celliphine Chespol, also of Kenya, came third in 30:28.
Kalkidan’s World Record time also beat her previous best mark in the road race distance of 32:06, which she set in 2018 in Spain. Her run yesterday was her first competitive appearance since her silver medal win at the Tokyo Games.