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General News Brunssum, The Netherlands

Kogo runs 27:15 on the roads in Brunssum

Micah Kogo of Kenya and Irina Mikitenko of Germany were the winners of the Parelloop (Pearl Run) 10Km in the southern Dutch town of Brunssum on Sunday (3).

Kogo stopped the clock in 27:15, the fastest in the world this year. He was eleven seconds ahead of compatriot Mike Kigen, who finished second.

Mikitenko was in a class of her own in the women's race. With her winning time of 32:06 she finished 39 seconds ahead of Elizeba Cherono, who last Sunday won the Venloop Half Marathon in Venlo in a personal best of 1:11:26.

Kogo set a World record of 27:01 on the fast Brunssum course two years ago (29 March 2009). Kogo and Kigen got off a blistering start, passing the five kilometre mark in 13:29. At that point another Kenyan, Stanley Salil, was already fifteen seconds back in third. Kogo continued to press the pace and in the end he was too strong for his compatriot. Meanwhile two other Kenyans, Mark Kiptoo and Philip Langat,  were sprinting for the third place position. Kiptoo won that battle to finish third with Langat, who finished second in last week's Venloop half marathon (1:02:32, PB), ending fourth.

The 24-year-old Kogo lost his World record last year in The Netherlands. In the oldest road race in the country, the Utrecht Singelloop, his compatriot Leonard Patrick Komon ran the first 10Km on the road under the 27-minute barrier, clocking 26:44 last 26 September.
Mikitenko cruised to a comfortable victory in the women's race. In the first five kilometres Mikitenko and Tabitha Wambui Gisha ran together, passing the five-kilometre marker in 16:06 and 16:04 respectively. But in the second half,  Mikitenko broke away.

Wim van Hemert for the IAAF

Leading results:

Men -
 1. Micah Kogo, KEN            27:15
 2. Mike Kigen, KEN            27:26
 3. Mark Kiptoo, KEN           28:13
 4. Philip Langat, KEN         28:14
 5. Stanley Salil, KEN         28:24
 6. Mostapha el Ryad, BRN      28:26
 7. Patrick Kimeli, KEN        28:27
 8. Essa Ismael Rashed, QAT    28:28
 9. Peter Wanjiru, KEN         28:28 correct
10. Charles Korir, KEN         28:34
11. Noureddine Htaibi, MAR     28:34 correct
12. Arado Buta Urige, ETH      28:35
13. Abdelhadi el Hachimi, MAR  28:59
14.  Bashir Abdi, BEL          29:01
15. Stephen Chelimo, KEN       29:06
Women -
 1. Irina Miktenko, GER           32:06
 2. Elizeba Cherono, KEN          32:45
 3. Tabitha Wambui Gicha, KEN     33:00
 4. Naomin Maiyo, KEN             33:52
 5. Talam Dorcas, KEN             34:25
 6. Ilse Pol, NED                 34:26
 7. Joan Rotich, KEN              34:46
 8. Alice Jepkemboi, KEN          35:02
 9. Manuela Soccol, BEL           35:13
10. Lindsay van Marrewijk, NED    35:19