News28 Sep 2009

Komon flies 27:10 in Utrecht


Leonard Komon's roll in Spain continues in Soria (© Luis Angel Tejedor)

Leonard Komon won the 59th edition of the Utrechtse Singelloop 10Km on Sunday clocking 27:10, the third fastest performance on the roads in 2009.

The performance by the 21-year-old Kenyan, who was the silver medallist at the World Cross Country Championships in 2008, was the sixth fastest ever.

Running in ideal conditions in this central Dutch city, Komon, a relative new kid on the block on the roads, was until the waning portion of the race on target for an assault on Micah Kogo's 27:01 World record, but faded in the final stages.

Komon is the third athlete this year to produce a fast time in The Netherlands. Kogo set his World record in Brunssum on 29 March and earlier this month, another Kenyan, Peter Kamais, clocked 27:09 in Tilburg on 6 September.

In this race through the streets of Utrecht, four athletes broke the 28:00 barrier. Vincent Yator, also of Kenya, finished second in 27:34 while Boniface Kirui came home third in 27:41. The fourth man under 28 minutes was Ethiopian Shume Gerbaba in 27:53.

Pre-race favourite Eliud Kipchoge finished sixth in 28:11, seven seconds behind Ezekiel Chebii. Kipchoge, the 2008 Olympic silver medallist in the 5000m, was with the leaders through the midway point before dropping back.

In the women's race Nadia Ejjafini of Bahrain was in a class of her own. She won handily in 32:37 and was nearly half a minute faster as Rasa Drazdauskaite (LTU), who finished second in 33:01. Kenyan Emily Chemutai was third in 34:03.

Wim van Hemert for the IAAF

Leading Results -
Men -
 1. Leonard Komon, KEN      27:10
 2. Vincent Yator, KEN      27:34
 3. Boniface Kirui, KEN     27:41
 4. Shume Gerbaba, ETH      27:53
 5. Ezekiel Chibii, KEN     28:04
 6. Elius Kipchoge, KEN     28:11
 7. Abraham Kiplimo, KEN    28:22
 8. Youssef Banniz, MAR     28:54
 9. Mourad Marofit, MAR     29:13
10. Alexei Reunkov, RUS     29:14

Women -
 1. Nadia Ejjafini, BRN      32:37
 2. Rasa Drazdauskaite, LTU  33:01
 3. Emily Chemutai, KEN      34:03
 4. Merel de Knegt, NED      34:33
 5. Alena Berasniova, BLR    34:43