Sammy Kitwara Wins World’s Best 10K

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 29, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM UTC
Kitwara breaking the tape at the World's Best 10K.

He faced difficult conditions in the early part of the race.

Kenya’s Sammy Kitwara prevailed at the World’s Best 10K last Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Along with stiff competition, the 25-year-old was up against brutal headwinds in the first third of the race.

Accordingly, his winning time was 28 minutes and five seconds, which was the slowest winning time since 2008.

However, Kitwara’s victory made him the first person to win the race three times.

“My goal today was the win, without focusing on a specific time. I noticed the group began to slow down and I knew it was the right time to break away. I sped up until I managed to lead alone,” he said.

In the women’s division, Vivian Cheruiyot ran a personal best to win in 30:47. Her time was the fourth-fastest in the history of the race. It was also the fastest time raced since 2004.
“I am very pleased with my performance. I ran a smart race and reacted well to every situation,” said Cheruiyot afterwards.
Nearly 11,000 runners took part in the race’s 15th edition.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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