10M WINS FOR CHEPTEGEI AND SALPETER

Athletics Weekly - - Results -

Dam Tot Dam­loop, Am­s­ter­dam-Zaan­dam, Septem­ber 23 UGANDA’S Joshua Cheptegei, the 2017 World Cham­pi­onships 10,000m sil­ver medal­list, marked his re­turn from in­jury with a fast 10 miles win in 45:15.

The race started a a mod­est pace (14:23 at 5km) but Cheptegei ac­cel­er­ated to pass 10km in 28:15, hav­ing cov­ered that 5km in 13:52. He main­tained a sub-28 tempo through 15km in 42:13. The 10km from 5km to 15km was cov­ered in 27:50.

Kenya’s Al­fred Ngeno (45:40) and Ethiopia’s Afe­work Ber­hane (46:04) were next, with Bel­gium’s Bashir Abdi the top Euro­pean fin­isher in fourth in 46:07, two places ahead of New Zealand’s Zane Robert­son in 46:29.

Cal­lum Hawkins ran an en­cour­ag­ing 47:01 in eighth as he passed 10km in 29:02.

Dewi Griffiths had his best run of an in­jury-rav­aged year tim­ing 47:20 in 11th place after he passed 10km just be­hind Hawkins in 29:03.

Euro­pean 10,000m cham­pion

Lonah Salpeter from Is­rael out­sprinted Ethiopia’s Dibabe Kuma for the women’s ti­tle with both ath­letes timed at 50:45.

Apart from win­ning the women’s race, Salpeter, who fa­mously sprinted a lap too early in the Euro­pean 5000m, won the chal­lenge against the men, who started six min­utes four sec­onds be­hind but only made up five min­utes 30 sec­onds.

Su­san Kru­mins was third on home soil in 51:29 with reign­ing cham­pion Mer­cy­line Che­lan­gat from Uganda fourth in 52:07.

Salpeter, who passed 10km in 31:43, said: “It was tough but I was de­ter­mined not to lose, so I kept at it. This is my first 10 English mile race. I’m de­lighted with such a dra­matic win.”

Home run­ner Kru­mins was very pleased with her third-place fin­ish. “Over­all, it went very well. At the 10-kilo­me­tre mark the pace was too fast and it was cold. But it’s a lovely route and be­ing cheered on by so many peo­ple was very en­cour­ag­ing.”

Al­to­gether 45,000 par­tic­i­pated in the event.

Men: 10M: 1 J Cheptegei (KEN) 45:15; 2 A Ngeno (KEN) 45:40; 3 A Ber­hane (ETH) 46:04; 4 B Abdi (BEL) 46:07; 5 R Kil­imo (KEN) 46;14; 6 Z Robert­son (NZL) 46:29; 7 A Ab­shero (ETH) 46:38; 8 CAL­LUM HAWKINS 47:01; 9 Y Labquira (MAR) 47:04; 10 K Chouk­oud 47:06; 11 DEWI GRIFFITHS 47:20; 12 J Lan­gat (KEN) 47:20; 58 SHAUN DIXON 53:42.

Women: 10M: 1 L Chem­tai Salpeter (ISR) 50:45; 2 D Kuma (ETH) 50:45; 3 S Kru­mins 51:29; 4 M Che­lan­gat (UGA) 52:07; 5 E Chirchir (KEN) 52:34; 6 S van den Wie­len (SWE) 53:05; 7 A Bobo­cel (ROM) 53:42; 8 J Tren­grove (AUS) 54:14

Lonah Salpeter nar­rowly wins the women’s race

Joshua Cheptegei: 45:15 vic­tory

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