Records set at 2018 10K CITYRUN

Eritrean Filmon Ande led the top three men at the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN to under the course record on Monday, 24 September 2018, while Irvette van Zyl capped an astonishing two days of racing by smashing the previous course record by almost 2 minutes, leading the top four women under the previous course record.
The men’s race started at a blistering clip up Harrison Road, with the first kilometre covered in around 2:40 before settling into a more reasonable pace.
The first three kilometres though split the lead pack of 20 down to 10 with defending champion Thabang Mosiako, Elroy Gelant and course record holder, Namakoe Nkhasi in the mix. The bus, however, was being driven by Eritrea’s Filmon Ande and Uganda’s Mande Buschendich. As the pack headed down towards the Ellis Park Sports Complex around the 4km mark, before the first of two big climbs, the pack was whittled down some more and as they hit 5km in 14:25, it was down to five runners. Ande, Bushendich, Mosiako, Nkhasi and Jobo Khatoane with Gelant beginning to falter.
By 8km, the lead was down to two with Ande and Buschendich going toe to toe up past Constitution Hill, before Ande broke away in the final kilometre, screaming home in 29:27, some 22 seconds inside of the previous record held by Nkhasi when he won in 2016 with 29:49. Second was Bushendich, clocking 29:37, with Nkhasi rounding out the top three in 29:40 – also inside the previous record.
In the women’s race, Irvette van Zyl was on a mission. This was her first appearance at the race Van Zyl smashed through the finish ribbon in an incredible 33:51.
A massive 1 minute and 40 seconds inside the previous course record of 35:34 set in 2016. Kenya’s Susy Chebet was second across the line, clocking 34:30 while Gerda Steyn came storming through to the finish in an impressive 35:01.

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