Kenya’s Tirop reveals how she beat Ethiopian rivals at Bengaluru 10K

Kenyan long distance runner Agnes Tirop took the victory at the 2018 TCS World 10K, an IAAF Gold Label road race, in Bengaluru, India on Sunday.

28/05/2018 - 13:00 -

Agnes Tirop

“I knew my training had been going well but I didn’t come here expecting to win as it was such a strong field,” Tirop said on the IAAF website.

“Maybe my chances were 50/50. It helped that the Ethiopians made the pace in the first half of the race and I felt very comfortable following them.

At the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Tirop became the second-youngest ever gold medallist in the women's race after Zola Budd. 

“I had a good race on the track in Doha (over 3000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting there earlier this month),” she continued. 

“And I still think of myself as a track runner even though I won the world cross country title in 2015.

“So, I knew my finishing speed was fine, so I was hoping to still be at the front of the race with 400 metres to go and I could then use my speed.”

Bengaluru 10K results 

1. Agnes Tirop (KEN) 31:19

2. Senbere Teferi (ETH) 31:22

3. Caroline Kipkirui (KEN) 31:28

4. Netsanet Gudeta (ETH) 31:53

5. Pauline Kamulu (KEN) 32:16

6. Zeineba Yimer (ETH) 32:47

7. Stella Chesang (UGA) 33:02

8. Daria Maslova (KGZ) 33:22

9. Salome Nyirarukundo (RWA) 33:31

10.Sanjivani Jadhav (IND) 33:38


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