Tesfaye Ends Year On High Note

Atsedu Tesfaye breaks the tape in Luanda, Angola. Photo: IAAF

He blazed a 28:17 10K in high heat and humidity.

Angola may not seem like the most obvious place to go watch a road race, but at the  57th Sao Silvestre de Luanda last Saturday the streets were jam packed with spectators. According to a report posted on the IAAF Web site, over one million people lined the streets of the Angolan capital to watch Ethiopia’s Atsedu Tesfaye win the 10K race in 28 minutes and 17 seconds.

“It was a great race, the time was not the fastest but it was very hot compared with last year,” Tesfaye said. Apparently, the race-day temperatures soared to 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) with 72 percent humidity.

Kenya’s Alex Konio was second 13 seconds behind Tesfaye, while Kibet Kosgei, also a Kenyan, was third in 28:32.

“I am ecstatic,” said Konio with his second-place finish. “The pace dropped at the top of the climb,” he admitted referring to the early part of the race. “I had wanted a fast time so I knew I had to push but only Atsedu came with me. This surprised me; I expected more to come with us. It wasn’t planned to run with him but I’m really happy to come second.”

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