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World records broken at adizero Road To Records

World records broken at adizero Road To Records

The event held at the brand’s headquarters saw two world records and nine national records set

Since 2021 adidas have been bringing together some of the world’s fastest athletes on their campus in Herzogenaurach, Germany, to race in their adizero Road To Records event.

In 2021, two world records were broken as Agnes Tirop took 28 seconds off the 19-year-old women-only mark for 10km as she clocked 30:01, while Senbere Teferi ran a world record for 5km of 14:29.

On Saturday (April 27) the fourth edition continued the record-breaking legacy of the event as it saw 12 records set.

The one mile race made its debut at the weekend, as did the 800m road race. Off to a history-making start the mile saw a men’s world record set by Emmanuel Wanyonyi with 3:54.50.

The 19-year-old improved the previous world record of 3:56.13 set by USA’s Hobbs Kessler at the World Road Running Championships in Riga last October. Kessler also ran in Germany, chasing Wanyonyi over the finish line in 3:56.18 while Ryan Mphalele was third in a South African record of 3:56.45.

Emmanuel Wanyonyi (adidas)

Emmanuel said: “Coming away with a new world record is an amazing feeling.

“Being surrounded by all of my peers and seeing the determination from everyone to push beyond boundaries of what’s been achieved previously – it’s an indescribable sight to put into words.

“Today was a tough one and I was up against a lot of great athletes, so I’m pleased to be able to walk away with this win and hopefully be able to come back next year and uphold my title.”

In the same race, Collins Kibiwott Koech set an under-20 world record of 4:00.10 – finishing in fifth.

In the women’s one mile, Nelly Chepchirchir from Kenya took the lead to cross the finish in 4:30.90, as USA’s Addison Wiley was second in 4:31.90.

It was a close battle for third as Great Britain’s Alexandra Bell had to wait to find out her position after dipping over the line at the same time as Ethiopia’s Hawi Abera.

The Olympic 800m finalist was relieved to find out she made it on the podium with 4:32.60, telling AW: “I’ve never been so happy to get a third place spot, it definitely teaches me to run through the line for next time.”

In the 5km women’s race, Medina Eisa set a groundbreaking pace, maintaining the lead to break the under-20 world record with 14:38. The 19-year-old has now secured back-to-back victories in the 5km distance, winning the title last year.

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