Crossing the 5K halfway point in 14:43.77, Masai blitzed the second half of the race in an impressive 13:10.11 to win the men’s 10,000 meters in a world-leading time of 27:53.88 — a 32-second personal best for the 19-year-old, who became the seventh Kenyan in history to claim gold in the event.
“I’m so happy being number one in the world,” Masai said after the race. “You know, my partner, he had a stitch. What we were planning was not going well – we were running as a team.”
Ethiopian Gebretsadik Abraha finished second in 28:03.45, while Masai’s countryman, Paul Lonyangata, finished third in 28:14.55.