Records set at 2018 10K CITYRUN

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ritrean Fil­mon Ande led the top three men at the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN to un­der the course record on Mon­day, 24 Septem­ber 2018, while Irvette van Zyl capped an as­ton­ish­ing two days of rac­ing by smash­ing the pre­vi­ous course record by al­most 2 min­utes, lead­ing the top four women un­der the pre­vi­ous course record.The men’s race started at a blis­ter­ing clip up Har­ri­son Road, with the first kilo­me­tre cov­ered in around 2:40 be­fore set­tling into a more rea­son­able pace.The first three kilo­me­tres though split the lead pack of 20 down to 10 with de­fend­ing cham­pion Tha­bang Mosi­ako, El­roy Ge­lant and course record holder, Na­makoe Nkhasi in the mix. The bus, how­ever, was be­ing driven by Eritrea’s Fil­mon Ande and Uganda’s Mande Buschen­dich. As the pack headed down to­wards the El­lis Park Sports Com­plex around the 4km mark, be­fore the first of two big climbs, the pack was whit­tled down some more and as they hit 5km in 14:25, it was down to five run­ners. Ande, Bushen­dich, Mosi­ako, Nkhasi and Jobo Kha­toane with Ge­lant be­gin­ning to fal­ter.By 8km, the lead was down to two with Ande and Buschen­dich go­ing toe to toe up past Con­sti­tu­tion Hill, be­fore Ande broke away in the fi­nal kilo­me­tre, scream­ing home in 29:27, some 22 sec­onds in­side of the pre­vi­ous record held by Nkhasi when he won in 2016 with 29:49. Se­cond was Bushen­dich, clock­ing 29:37, with Nkhasi round­ing out the top three in 29:40 – also in­side the pre­vi­ous record.In the women’s race, Irvette van Zyl was on a mis­sion. This was her first ap­pear­ance at the race Van Zyl smashed through the fin­ish rib­bon in an in­cred­i­ble 33:51.A mas­sive 1 minute and 40 sec­onds in­side the pre­vi­ous course record of 35:34 set in 2016. Kenya’s Susy Che­bet was se­cond across the line, clock­ing 34:30 while Gerda Steyn came storm­ing through to the fin­ish in an im­pres­sive 35:01.Men’s race 2nd place Uganda’s Mande Buschen­dich, Women’s race win­ner, Irvette van Zyl and First place win­ner Eritrean Fil­mon Ande.

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