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Saturday April 30th, 2022
Herzogenaurach, Germany
Distance: Half Marathon · 10K · 5K
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Adidas HQ in Herzogenaurach, Germany played host to elite adidas athletes competing on a specially designed course around the adidas World of Sport campus across 5km, 10km and 21km distances

The course followed a loop of approximately 2.5km on a smooth tarmac surface with a slight elevation on each lap. Conditions were perfect as the first event, the women’s half-marathon got underway shortly after 7am and although temperatures did rise a little throughout the morning of events along with a slight breeze, athletes could not have asked for better weather for record- chasing.

While many athletes improved on their personal bests, the race of day in terms of records was the men’s 5km where a total of four national records were claimed.

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ADIZERO: ROAD TO RECORDS, Race Date: 2022-04-30, Distance: 5k
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 12:53 Yomif Kejelcha ETH
2nd Male 12:55 Nicholas Kimeli KEN
3rd Male 13:02 Levy Kibet KEN
4th Male 13:07 Birhanu Bale BRN
Female 14:37 Senbere Teferi ETH
2nd Female 14:53 Medina Eisa ETH
3rd Female 14:56 Mercy Cherono KEN
4th Female 15:11 Melknet Wudu ETH
Division Time Name Age Home
ADIZERO: ROAD TO RECORDS, Race Date: 2022-04-30, Distance: 10k
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 26:50 Kibiwott Kandie KEN
2nd Male 26:54 Sebastian Sawe KEN
3rd Male 26:56 Rodrigue Kwizera BDI
4th Male 26:58 Phonex Kipruto KEN
Female 30:24 Fentaye Belayneh ETH
2nd Female 30:33 Joyce Chepkemoi KEN
3rd Female 30:35 Sheila Chepkirui KEN
4th Female 30:50 Faith Cherono KEN
Division Time Name Age Home
ADIZERO: ROAD TO RECORDS, Race Date: 2022-04-30, Distance: Half Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 59:30 Mathew Kimeli KEN
2nd Male 59:32 Benard Kimeli KEN
3rd Male 59:36 Alfred Barkach KEN
4th Male 59:40 Amos Kurgat KEN
Female 1:07:28 Tigist Assefa ETH
2nd Female 1:07:36 Rosemary Wanjiru KEN
3rd Female 1:07:42 Bezabeh Zeray ETH
4th Female 1:07:45 Aynadis Mebrit ETH
Division Time Name Age Home

Two-time world indoor champion Yomif Kejelcha was the standout performer at the Adizero Road to Records event in Herzogenaurach on Saturday (30), winning the men’s 5km in 12:53 – the fastest debut in history.

The Ethiopian won by two seconds from Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli, making it the first road 5km ever in which two men have broken 13 minutes. There was also record depth in the men’s 10km – won by Kibiwott Kandie in 26:50 – with five men finishing inside 27 minutes.

In the men’s 5km, a relatively large lead pack passed through the first kilometre in 2:36. By the time they reached 2km in 5:19, about 12 men were still in contention. With about 6:40 on the clock, Nicholas Kimeli hit the front and started to string out the lead pack. Kejelcha stuck with him and they reached 3km in 7:58.

Levy Kibet tried to go with the lead duo, but Kejelcha started to make a break with one kilometre to go. Kimeli picked up his pace and opened a gap on Kibet, but he was unable to catch Kejelcha in the closing stages as the Ethiopian won in 12:53, just four seconds shy of the world record. Kimeli was rewarded with a Kenyan record of 12:55, while Kibet finished third in 13:02. Further down the field, Italy’s Yemaneberhan Crippa set a European record of 13:14.

Kandie, as he so often does, timed his finish to perfection in the men’s 10km. The former world half marathon record-holder was part of a large lead group that passed through half way in 13:34. Fellow Kenyan Sebastian Sawe was level with Kandie by the end of the third lap (7.5km), timed at 20:16 at that point, but Kandie unleashed his trademark finish to win in 26:50, taking one second off his PB and consolidating his position at No.4 on the world all-time list.

Sawe, who won the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon last month in 58:02, crossed the line in 26:54 to move to fifth on the world all-time list. Burundi’s Rodrigue Kwizera, winner of this year’s World Athletics Cross Country Tour, set a national record of 26:56 in third place.

World record-holder Rhonex Kipruto (26:56) and Ethiopian record-holder Tadese Worku (26:59) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

There was a close finish in the men’s half marathon, with Mathew Kimeli earning his first ever victory over the distance in 59:30 from fellow Kenyan and namesake (but no relation) Benard Kimeli. Alfred Barkach of Kenya was third in 59:36 and Amos Kurgat made it a Kenyan 1-2-3-4 finish in 59:40.

Ethiopian runners dominated the women’s races. Senbere Teferi retained her 5km title, clocking 14:37 to win by 16 seconds from compatriot Medina Eisa, whose 14:53 clocking is a world U20 and U18 best. Kenya’s 2013 world 5000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono was third in 14:56.

Fentaye Belayneh made a convincing 10km debut, unleashing an impressive long drive for home en route to winning in 30:24, the fastest time by an Ethiopian in a women-only race. Kenyan duo Joyce Chepkemoi (30:33) and Sheila Chepkirui (30:35) took the other podium places.

Former 800m specialist Tigist Assefa took almost a minute off her PB to win the women’s half marathon in 1:07:28. Rosemary Wanjiru was second in 1:07:36, six second ahead of Ethiopia’s Bezabeh Zeray.

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