More than 6,600 runners finished the BAA 10K on Sunday in Boston, led by men’s and women’s champions Stephen Sambu (Kenya) and Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia).
In the men’s race, Sambu out-dueled Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai, the fastest marathoner in history, and Daniel Salel, also of Kenya, to win in 27 minutes, 25 seconds. Sambu’s time at the 8K mark (22:01.03) broke the world best at that distance (22:03) set in 2008.
Mutai crossed the line in 27:35, while Salel stopped the clock in 27:41.
Daska paced the women’s field with an impressive 31:04, shattering the previous event best of 31:36 set by Kim Smith two years ago. Daska took charge from the start, running the opening 2 miles in 9:47 as she chased the $10,000 prize for finishing first. She traded the lead with Kenyans Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton and Betsy Saina for much of the race until she broke away from them with a mile left.
Daska’s time was the fastest women’s 10K in the world this year and was also an event record. Saina (31:10) took second and Tuliamuk-Bolton (31:52) placed third.
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