JOHANNESBURG – The city's gloomy and cool morning, was perfect for running yesterday. So it was not surprising that Alfred Ngeno lived up to his pre-race promise that he would dominate the FNB Joburg 10k CITYRUN course.
But the Kenyan went beyond his promise as he smashed the course record of the popular race that attracted 15 000 runners.
Ngeno ran home in 29:16, some 11 seconds faster than the previous record that was set by Eritrea’s Filman Ande last year.
The Ethiopian won by the skin of his teeth as he beat Kevin Kibet by a second after dipping in the finish line at the Mary Fitzgerald Square.
“I am happy to have won here today,” said Ngeno. “The climb from 4km to 7km was tough, but I felt really good on the downhill to the finish. I was hoping to break Kevin earlier and not have to sprint for the finish. But I came here for the win and I got it. The course record is a big bonus for me.”