World Record: Julien Wanders wins in Monaco
Herculis 5 km
Swiss WINFORCE athlete Julien Wanders set a world 5km record during the Herculis 5km race along the Monaco coastline.
Wanders, who broke Mo Farah’s European half-marathon record last week, continued to show outstanding form, completing his 5km in 13:29, just one second inside the target time of 13:30, and eight seconds clear of second-placed Sondre Moen of Norway (13:37).
When Wanders crossed the finish line, he was unsure if he had done enough to claim his first world record but he was delighted when his official time was confirmed.
“I got two European records and now a world record, my first one, so it’s amazing,’’ Wanders said. The 22-year-old Kenya-based runner revealed that he had battled some illness in the days leading into the race and was uncertain if it would detract from his performance. “I was confident. The only thing was I got flu three days ago so it was a challenge for me, I was not sure," he said.
“I wanted to go for around 13:20 and we were right on pace at half way but then we were losing time and I was a bit worried because I knew 13:30 was the old record and at the finish, I saw 13:30 and then they told me, no, it was 13:29, so I was very happy.”
"Now I will focus on the track and I hope to do well in Doha (at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in September-October) in the 5000m and 10,000m," Wanders said. “For now I still want to improve on the track and see what I can do on the track and probably after Tokyo I will try my first marathon.’’
The 5km road distance was introduced as a world record event in November 2017 with the inaugural record to be recognised after 1 January 2018 if the performances were equal to or better than 13:10 for men and 14:45 for women. If no such performances were achieved in 2018 the best performances of 2018 would be recognised on 1 January 2019.
The pending inaugural records – 13:30 by Bernard Kibet on the men's side and 14:48 by Caroline Kipkurui in the women's for a mixed race – were set en route at the Birell Prague Grand Prix 10km on 8 September last year.
Picture: Monaco Run / Herculis 5 km