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Aron Kifle wins silver in the 10,000m

On a mild, breezy evening in Bydgoszcz, the 31 athletes set off at a swift early pace, but it was not quite fast enough to split the group to any great extent. Chumo led through 2000m in 5:40.29, alternating the lead several times with teammate Ronald Kiprotich Kirui.

Approaching the 3000m mark, reached in 8:24.63, Kifle surged to the front and began to take a group of eight athletes clear with a 2:44 kilometre.

However, Chumo soon responded in kind, surging back to the front and running a 2:39.33 kilometre to take a group of four clear.

Halfway was reached in 13:48.18, but with the pace cranking up all the time, it was clear that the championship record of 27:30.85, run in the same stadium by Josphat Bett Kipkoech back in 2008, was about to come under threat.

Kifle and Chumo traded blows at the front over the kilometres that followed, trading steady laps of 68 seconds with laps as quick as 63. As they reached 8000m in 22:03.45, Chumo held the lead ahead of Kifle, with Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo
looming as an ominous threat in their slipstream.

With just under five laps to run, Kiplimo surged to the lead for the first time, but his move did nothing to hurt Chumo or Kifle, the Kenyan soon surging back to the front.

With 400m to run, Chumo still held the lead and took several glances behind him as he moved through the gears on the back straight in an effort to drop the two athletes behind. The first to crack was Kiplimo, who could offer nothing more on the final turn, leaving Kifle as the only one who could stop Kenya taking this title for the eighth time in the history of the championships and the first time since 2010.

Kifle surged up to Chumo’s shoulder on the final turn, but the moment he did Chumo found an extra gear and moved clear to take the title in 27:25.23, a new personal record for him.

Kifle came in second place setting an Eritrean U20 record of 27:26.20.

Eritrean youngster Mogus Shumay also took part of the race, he finished seventh in the race. He clocked 28:23.76.

Aron Kifle still has a chance to take a gold in the U20 Championship in the 5000m, where he is the favorite to win.

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This entry was posted on July 20, 2016 by in Athletics.
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