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Kenyan long-distance runner Jepkosgei breaks women's 10k road record

AFP
9 September 2017 | Kenya
Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei (L), pictured in April 2017, ran 10 kilometres in 29min 43 sec, breaking her own women's 10k road record.  By MARTIN HYKL (AFP)
Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei (L), pictured in April 2017, ran 10 kilometres in 29min 43 sec, breaking her own women's 10k road record. By MARTIN HYKL (AFP)

Prague (AFP) - Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei became the first woman ever to run 10 kilometres on the road in under half an hour after clocking 29min 43sec in Prague on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Kenyan, who set the world half marathon record in the Czech capital in April, beat her own record of 30min 04sec she had set during that race.

"I'm so happy, I thank God for making me the winner today and... (breaking) the world record," Jepkosgei told Czech Television.

"I was very confident and I was hoping for the best," she added, after beating compatriot Fancy Chemutai and Kenyan-born Bahrain runner Violah Jepchumba in Prague's historic centre.

Kenyans also dominated the men's race, with Benard Kimeli taking the honours in 27min 10sec, beating his brother Matthew and fellow Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto.

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