Julien Wanders breaks his own European record
10 km Valencia
Switzerland’s Julien Wanders smashed his European 10km record again at the 10K Valencia Ibercaja.
Behind Rhonex Kipruto’s magnificent world record of 26:24 which shaved 14 seconds off the mark set only last month on a different course in Valencia, WINFORCE athlete Wanders continued his wholesale revision of the European record books by finishing third in 27:13.
Wanders’ time improved his previous mark by 12 seconds which means he has ownership of the three fastest ever times in European distance running history: 27:13 in Valencia, 27:25 in Houilles and 27:32 in Cape Town. He also holds the European records at 5km (13:29) and the half marathon (59:13).
Wanders kept pace with Kipruto until just before the four kilometre mark when the Kenyan cut loose from the leading pack, covering the second half in an audacious 13:01 which brought him comfortably inside Joshua Cheptegei's previous record.
Wanders was also operating on sub-27 minute pace in the early stages as he reached the five kilometre checkpoint in 13:29 to match his European record but he still maintained good pace in the second half. Wanders had the close company of Kenya’s Benard Kimeli in the latter stages with Kimeli narrowly prevailing in a sprint finish for the runner-up spot - 27:12 to 27:13.
"If you don't take risks, you don't get results," he told ATHLE.ch after the race. "I am happy to have tried but it was too fast for me today." The limitless Wanders added that his goal in today's race was to break the 27 minute-barrier "but the next time, I will do it. It's certain."
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Source: European Athletics
Photo: Corrida de Houilles