Kenyan teenager Rhonex Kipruto clocked the fastest 10km time ever on US soil at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in New York City’s Central Park on Sunday
The 18-year-old clocked 27:08 to eclipse the previous US all-comers mark of 27:11 set by Sammy Kipketer in New Orleans in 2002. His time is the seventh fastest ever run on a record-eligible course.
Kipruto finished 11 seconds ahead of compatriot Mathew Kimeli who finished second in 27:19. Rounding out the men’s podium was Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonen placing third in a time of 28:10.
Kipruto smashed the previous event record of 27:35, set by world record holder Leonard Patrick Komon of Kenya in 2011.
Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba won the women’s race in 32:04, just ahead of compatriot Aselefech Mergia who clocked 32:06. Monicah Ngige of Kenya finished third for the second consecutive year in 32:15.