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Eilish McColgan broke the British and European 10K record in the Great Manchester Run Sunday. Finishing in second place, she clocked a 30-minute and 19-second performance. Only Kenya’s Hellen Obiri ran faster by four seconds.
McColgan ran the Manchester Great Run in 2021 in the time of 30:52, which was the Scottish record
Obiri, the two-time Olympic silver medallist and World Champion in the 5000m event set a new personal best time Sunday. The holder of five Kenyan and one African records at age 31 continues to run at the top of her game. She has set five new personal bests during 2021 and 2022 including in the half-marathon distance at 64:22 in February. Her half-marathon best is the fifth-fastest all-time. Chepng’etich is two positions faster at the distance all-time with her run of 64:02 from Istanbul last year.
New Zealand’s Jake Robertson, who has been training in Iten, Kenya, won the men’s race in the time of 28:06. Australian Jack Rayner finished in second place in the time of 28:16, while Spain’s Antonio Abadia took third with his performance of 28:22. It was a 16-second improvement on his personal best for the 26-year-old Raynor. The 31-year-old Abadia owns a best of 27:48 from 2018.
Robertson owns the Oceania and New Zealand records with his 27:28 clocking from 2018. He also owns the New Zealand record for 10,000m at 27:30.90 also from 2018, a year where he set lifetime half-marathon and marathon personal bests at 59:58 and 2:08:26, respectively.
Footnotes from elsewhere…
The Iten 15K race went Sunday as well. The winner was Kenyan Bernard Kipkurui who finished in the time of 44:29. He finished ahead of Weldon Lang’at who recorded a 44:40 performance and taking third was Charles Tosei at 44:50.
Uganda’s Commonwealth 10,000m champion Stella Chesang won in the time of 51:07. Second was Rachael Chebet, who clocked a 51:10 running and Zena Cheptoo was third in 51:32.
Chesang, who lives in Iten, was using the race to prepare for the World Championships starting July 15 in Eugene, Oregon, as well as the Birmingham Commonwealth Games which begin July 28 in the UK.
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Canada had four winners at the meet including Marco Arop in the men’s 800m, Aaron Brown in the men’s 100m, Django Lovett in the men’s high jump, and the men’s 4x100m relay. The World Championship hosts, the USA, had a hat-trick thanks to Dalilah Muhammad in the women’s 400m hurdles, Valarie Allman in the women’s discus, and Morris’ 4.73m world lead in the women’s pole vault.