BRASOV, Romania — Agnes Ngetich of Kenya rewrote the record books at the Trunsylvania 10km, part of the Brasov Running Festival, by setting a new women-only world 10km world record with a time of 29:24. She also ran a stunning record-time for the first 5k in the same race.
Record-Breaking Intent Started With Super 5k
The 22-year-old Kenyan displayed her intent from the get-go, covering the first 5km in a blistering 14:25, four seconds faster than the previous women-only world record for that distance.
Ngetich led by 10 seconds over her fellow Kenyan, Catherine Reline, at the halfway mark.
“The world record is a surprise to me,” said Agnes Ngetich after her Trunsylvania 10km victory. “I didn’t expect to get the world record. I just wanted a PB, low 30 minutes to break the course record, but a world record is really a surprise.”
“I started the year with the World Cross, which was perfect, so I wanted to close the season with a good result,” added Agnes Ngetich.
A Solo Feat Agnes Ngetich
Navigating the loop course, Ngetich continued her blistering pace, passing the 6.5km mark in 18:54 and the 8.5km mark in 24:56. She crossed the finish line in 29:24, shattering the previous record of 30:01 set by the late Agnes Tirop in 2021.
Top Finishers Trunsylvania 10km Results
Men’s 10km Road Race:
- Weldon Langat (KEN) – 27:05
- Amos Kurgat (KEN) – 27:12
- Edward Zakayo Pingua (KEN) – 27:14
- Dennis Kibet Kitiyo (KEN) – 27:17
- Shadrack Kipchirchir (KEN) – 27:40
Women’s 10km Road Race:
- Agnes Jebet Ngetich (KEN) – 29:24 (WR*)
- Catherine Relin (KEN) – 30:14
- Joy Cheptoyek (UGA) – 30:34
- Diana Cherotich (KEN) – 31:17
- Viola Chepngeno (KEN) – 31:39
Women’s 10km Historic Context
Agnes Ngetich’s pending world record time is not only the fastest ever in a women-only 10km race but also the third-quickest by a woman in history. This talented Kenyan runner trails only Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who ran 29:14 in a mixed race in Castellon last year and 29:19 in Valencia earlier this year.
It would be a thrilling encouter if these two long-distance super stars were to ever meet over the 10km in the near future.
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