The leading results and recap from the 10K Valencia Ibercaja which took place on Sunday (9). Predicted race favorites Kenyans Norah Jeruto and Daniel Simiu Ebenyo captured the women’s and men’s titles, respectively, and did so with impressive winning times as well.
On the men’s side, the target was to break 27:00 and the feat was accomplished after Ebenyo crossed the finish line in a personal best time of 26:58 for the victory. The 26-year-old’s winning time saw him moving up to seventh on the world all-time list.
Ethiopia’s Chimdessa Debele Gudeta finished second and improved his lifetime best to 27:10, while Jacob Krop of Kenya also ran a new PB of 27:23 for third place. Boniface Kibiwott (27:44), Great Britain’s Emile Cairess (27:44), and Peter Maru (27:58) of Uganda also went sub-28:00.
Meanwhile, on the women’s side, Jeruto ran a time of 30:35 for a three-second win and finally secured top honor among the medalists after claiming a podium spot on her three previous appearances in Valencia.
The 2011 world U18 2000m steeplechase champion became the instant race favorite after Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw was forced to withdraw after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier in the week.
Norway’s European cross country champion Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal was the runner-up to Jeruto on Sunday and she ran 30:38 for her second-quickest ever time, while Gladys Chepkurui also broke 31:00 when completing the podium spots in 30:48.
10K Valencia Ibercaja Leading results
1 Daniel Simiu Ebenyo (KEN) 26:58
2 Chimdessa Debele Gudeta (ETH) 27:10
3 Jacob Krop (KEN) 27:23
4 Boniface Kibiwott (KEN) 27:44
5 Emile Cairess (GBR) 27:44
6 Peter Maru (UGA) 27:58
7 Kelvin Kibiwott (KEN) 28:01
8 Carlos Mayo (ESP) 28:11
9 Samuel Barata (POR) 28:12
10 Mohammed Benyettou (FRA) 28:13
1 Norah Jeruto (KEN) 30:35
2 Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal (NOR) 30:38
3 Gladys Chepkurui (KEN) 30:48
4 Anchinalu Dessie Genaneh (ETH) 31:01
5 Meraf Bahta (SWE) 31:22
6 Ftaw Zeray Bezabh (ETH) 32:07
7 Aratz Rodriguez (ESP) 32:19
8 Diana Chesang (KEN) 32:24
9 Meritxell Soler (ESP) 32:34
10 Mahlet Mulugeta Alemu (ETH) 32:45