Komon Smashes 10K World Record On The Roads

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Sep. 26, 2010

Kenyan runs 26:44 to take 17 seconds off Kogo’s mark.

Kenya’s Leonard Patrick Komon become the first man in history to break 27 minutes for 10K on the roads on Sunday with a 26:44 clocking to win the ABN AMRO Singelloop in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The 22-year-old took 17 seconds off countryman Micah Kogo’s previous mark of 27:01, which was set in March of 2009 in the Netherlands.

Komon, the reigning IAAF World Cross Country silver medalist, won last year’s edition of this race in 27:10. Splitting 13:19 at 5K on Sunday, Komon finished 27 seconds ahead of runner-up Sammy Kitwara and well over a minute ahead of third-place finisher Boniface Kiriu.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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