Kenyan takes 5 seconds off course record in Belgrade.
Josphat Menjo, a 31-year old Kenyan who came out of obscurity this summer to run 12:55.95 for 5,000 meters, 3:53.62 mile, and a world-leading 26:56.74 10,000 meters on the track, kept the ball rolling on Wednesday afternoon, taking 5 seconds off the course record at the Belgrade Race Through History in Serbia.
Crossing the finish line in 16 minutes, 53 seconds, Menjo easily disposed of countrymen Eliud Kipchoge and Stephen Tum, who finished second and third, respectively.
“It’s a difficult course, and the race was very fast,” said Menjo. “I didn’t train that hard for it, but I thought he (Kipchoge) might be a little tired. I was surprised he ran so well.”
It was the final race of the year for Menjo, who said he will take a two-week break before beginning preparations for cross country.
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