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Posted: October 9, 2014  

Athletics: Course record holder Joyce Chepkirui returns to Berlin to chase another very fast 10K time

Joyce Chepkirui returns to the ASICS Grand 10 in Berlin and intends to run another world-class 10 k time. The 26 year-old Kenyan is the defending champion and course record holder. A year ago she clocked 30:37 to become the sixth fastest 10 k runner ever, missing Paula Radcliffe’s world record by just 16 seconds. The men’s race will feature three athletes who have already run sub 28 minutes: Kenyans Daniel Chebii and Wilson Too as well as Ethiopia’s Kinde Atanaw. Around 7,000 runners are expected to take part in Germany’s fastest 10 k race, which leads through the western city centre of Berlin.

The primary goal in the women’s race will be to improve the current world leading 10 k time of 30:46 minutes. This was recently established by Kenya’s Betsy Saina in Tilburg. Joyce Chepkirui feels she is ready to run such a time and hopes to go even faster on Sunday.

However Chepkirui will face a strong challenge from two fellow-Kenyans. Emily Chebet is the reigning World Cross Country Champion. She won this title in 2013 for the second time after 2010. In 2013 she was fourth in the 10,000 m final of the World Championships in Moscow. Chebet’s personal best at 10 k stands at 30:58. Margaret Wangari Muriuki came back from injury in the spring with a 10 k win in Wuerzburg (Germany). She ran a 31:14 course record there and missed her personal best by just nine seconds.

A year after a thrilling duel in the Prague 10 k race Kenya’s Daniel Chebii and Ethiopia’s Kinde Atanaw will clash again at this distance. It was Chebii who won in Prague with a personal best of 27:35. But he was just one second ahead of Atanaw, who ran a PB as well. The personal record of Wilson Too is just a few seconds slower. The Kenyan showed good form earlier this year, when he won the 10 k in Laredo (Spain) with 27:39. Two Kenyans will run their first race in Europe on Sunday: Daniel Kiprotich and Reuben Maiyo could be in for a surprise.

German interest will focus on Arne Gabius, who uses the Asics Grand 10 as a test race for his marathon debut in Frankfurt on 26th October. The 33 year-old European 5,000 m silver medallist from 2012 intends to improve his personal best of 28:35. Gabius ran a fine half marathon debut in March, when he placed eighth in New York with 62:09.

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The start of the ASICS Grand 10 in 2013 at Schloss Charlottenburg. Credit: Thomas Wenning / BERLIN RUNS

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