Leonard Komon Smashes World Record In The 15K

Leonard Patrick Komon celebrates as he breaks the world record in the 15K. Photo: IAAF

The record had been shared by two men and fell by 16 seconds.

Leonard Patrick Komon broke the world record over 15K at the 27th Zevenheuvelenloop, or Seven Hills Run, in Nijmegen, The Netherlands on Sunday.

The 22-year-old clocked 41:13 to eclipse the 41:29 mark held jointly by Kenyan Felix Limo and Ethiopian Deriba Merga. Limo set the mark at this race in 2001 while Merga’s was set en route during the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in 2009.

The Zevenheuvelenloop is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

In September, Komon set a new world record for 10K on the roads when he clocked 26:44 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Abera Kuma and Ayele Abshiro, both of Ethiopia, were second and third respectively, clocking 42:01 and 42:02.

The women’s race was won by Genet Getaneh of Ethiopia in 47:54. World half marathon champion Florence Kiplagat of Kenya was second in 48:08.

Komon won his first medals in cross-country, taking the junior silver medal at the 2006 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships and then taking silver at the 2008 edition.

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