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Yehualaw breaks 10km World record with 29:14 in Castellon, Spain

Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw sets a world 10km record in Castellón de la Plana, Spain, clocking 29:14 to slice 24 seconds from Kalkidan Gezahegne’s previous world record.

Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw
Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw at the Castellón 10K

Ethiopian distance runner Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashed the world 10km record at the Castellón 10K, clocking 29:14 at the World Athletics Label road race in the Spanish coastal city on Sunday.

In doing so, the world half marathon bronze medallist improved the ratified record of 29:43 by Joyciline Jepkosgei and the yet-to-be-ratified mark of 29:38 set last year by Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne.

The 22-year-old also becomes the first woman in history to dip under the 29:30 and 29:20 barriers on the roads.

Running alongside men in the mixed race, Yehualaw covered the first 5km in 14:28 – the second-fastest clocking in history for that distance. Her pace dropped only slightly in the second half, which was covered in 14:46.

On the track, only two women have bettered Yehualaw’s time: her compatriot Letesenbet Gidey (29:01:03) and Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands (29:06.82).

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