Making his maiden running in 10,000m, reigning Africa cross country junior champion Nicholas Kimeli broke the world lead that had stayed for only six hours set former world junior 3,000m champion Richard Kimunyan had won in Japan.
The two time Maria Soti cross country champion won the Leiden Golden Spike in 26:58.97 in the Netherlands said he wanted to try another challenge and gauge his endurance in the race, which he never expected to come home with such results but it happened.
“This was my first time to run in the category but I thank God I have won with a world lead time. I came here with the purpose of participating but it turned out that I became the best of the best,” said Kimeli, the Ziwa Half marathon winner.
His victory with the best time came in after six hours when Kimunyan had won the Inter-corporate Championships in Japan with a world lead of 27:01.10. The Torongo based Kimunyan edged out Bernard Koech (27:02.39) as world silver medalist Bedan Karoki (27:02.80) completed the podium where Kenyan runners, competing for corporates took positions 1-6.
world under 18 2,000m silver medalist Cleophas Kandie, also from Torongo was 4th timing 27:20.34 as Alexander Mutiso was 5th (27:30.81) and Macharia Ndirangu (27:45.94).
Kmeli, who specializes in 5,000m after finishing 5th at the world championships in Doha, Qatar edged out compatriot Solomon Boit to second position in 27:41.10 as Miker Foppen placed third in 27:59.10.
“This was a race meant to gauge my endurance but I will concentrate in 5,000m seeking for Olympic Games ticket next year,” he said.