Hassan and Wanders Set New 5k “World Records”
The road racing season is back on, and the favourites delivered in the Herculis 5k in Monaco this morning. In the women’s race, it was Dutch runner Sifan Hassan who took the win with the impressive finishing time 14:44.
Julien Wanders, who broke the European half marathon record just over a week back, won the men’s race in 13:29. As a Norwegian, it was great to see Sondre Nordstad Moen back to racing. Moen, who had a difficult 2018 with injuries and illness, finished second in 13:37. The time was a national record and seven-second personal best for the Norwegian, who ran a 2:05:48 marathon in Fukuoka at the end of 2017.
See the full results from the race here.
In a strange turn of events, it turns out that the IAAF will count both Wanders’ and Hassan’s times as new 5k world records. The reason for this is that the IAAF only started recognising world records for the 5k in November of 2018. The “real” world record for men is held by Sammy Kipketer, who ran 12:59 at Carlsbad in 2000. Joyciline Jepkosgei, meanwhile, ran 14:32 for 5k as part of a 10k performance in Prague in 2017.
New Indoor 1500m World Record by Samuel Tefera
One record that came without caveats this weekend was Samuel Tefera’s performance in the 1500 meters in Birmingham, England. The Ethiopian ran 3:31.04, a .14 second improvement of Hicham El Guerrouj’s old record from 1997. Yomif Kejelcha, who recently came close to breaking Guerrouj’s world record in the indoor mile, came second in 3:31.58. Australia’s Stewy McSweyn took third with a new national record of 3:35.10.
The most notable female running performance at the meet came from Laura Muir in the mile. Breaking her old British record mark in the 1500 meters by splitting 4:01.83 en route, she finished the mile in 4:18.75. The time was the third fastest indoor mile ever by a woman and a new British record.
You can find the full results from all the meet events here.
New Course Records in Seville and Hong Kong Marathons
Seville Marathon, which kicks off the European spring marathon season, took place today. Ethiopian runners Ayana Tsedat and Guteni Shone won the men and women’s race, with times of 2:06:36 and 2:24:39 respectively. Both times beat the old course records with over a minute.
Find the full race results from Seville Marathon here.
In Hong Kong, it was the 2018 European marathon champion Volha Mazuronak of Belarus who took a convincing win in the women’s race. Finishing 2:26:13 she beat her nearest competitor with five minutes, and improved the course record with three minutes. In the men’s race, Kenyan Barnabas Kiptum became the first runner to dip below 2:10 in Hong Kong as he won the race in 2:09:20.
Full race results from Hong Kong can be found here.