Legendary distance runner Haile Gebrselassie (right) competed for first time since announcing his brief retirement after last year’s New York Marathon, winning the 55th edition of Sao Silvestre 10-kilometre road race in Angola.
And he clocked new course record 28 minutes and five seconds and clearly beat Kenya’s track 2010 10,000m world leader Josephat Kiprono (28:34) and two country-mates Diba Direba (28:37) and Deribe Merga (28:48).
Ethiopians dominated also in the women’s race when former Boston marathon winner Dire Tune was the best in 32:17 ahead of steeple world junior record holder Almaz Ayana (32:20) and Rehima Rediz (33:15).
Title defender and previous three time winner, Grace Momanyi of Kenya, was fourth (33:27).
“Haile felt good, especially taking into consideration his short preparation time after his injury in New York,” Dutchman Jos Hermens, Gebrselassie’s agent, said.
Meanwhile, Race Results Weekly, the wire service of distance running, has named Kenyans David Rudisha and Nancy Jebet Langat as the Race Results Weekly 2010 Runners of the Year.
RRW, the world’s most comprehensive source of middle and long distance running results and news, selected Rudisha and Langat for fast times, consistently excellent performances, and championship medals.
“Rudisha, who was overwhelmingly the best 800m runner in the world, was a clear choice for our Runner of the Year,” said editor and publisher David Monti.