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Komon Breaks Central Park 10K Record, Nets $45K

Course record bonus will be raised to $30,000 in 2012 

by NYRR 

NEW YORK (May 14, 2011) – Leonard Patrick Komon
of Kenya strengthened his position as the hottest distance runner on
the planet when he defeated one of the finest 10K fields ever assembled
and broke the Central Park 10K record at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K.  Komon’s time of 27:35 took seven seconds off Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam’s winning 27:42 from last year and earned him a $20,000-course record

 bonus, which, added to the $25,000
winner’s purse, made Komon’s payday the highest for the winner of any
non-marathon race in the United States.

 

Komon,
23, who set the world road record for 10K at 26:44 last year in the
Netherlands, led wire-to-wire despite the presence of former 10K world
record-holder Micah Kogo of Kenya, 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Champion Joseph Ebuya of Kenya, and Lelisa Desisa
of Ethiopia, who set the course record at the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler
in Washington, DC, last month in his second major road-race victory in
two days.  The four stayed together through a blazing 4:17 first mile;
Kogo and Ebuya hung on through two miles (8:38), but Komon broke away
before the three-mile mark, which he reached in 12:55.  His lead widened
from there to a gap of about 150 meters by the finish line, which Komon
crossed with a wide smile on his face.   

 

Behind
him, Kogo and Ebuya staged a sprint duel for second place, with Kogo
prevailing, 27:55 to 27:56-the fourth- and fifth-fastest times in
Central Park history. Desisa edged Kenya’s Simon Ndirangu for fourth; both men were timed in 28:19. 

 

I’m
very happy,” said Komon afterward.  “Last night I was thinking, ‘How
can I break this course record?’  At the halfway point, I saw that I was
inside the record-that picked me up a little.”

 

The
race is sponsored annually by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
to support awareness and treatment of kidney disease. The $20,000 Zayed
Bonus for the course record honors the late Sheikh Zayed, former
president of the UAE, who benefited from American expertise when he was
treated for kidney disease.

UAE Healthy Kidney 10K

New York, NY, Saturday, May 14, 2011

MEN

1) Leonard Patrick Komon (KEN), 27:35 CR*, $45,000  

2) Micah Kogo (KEN), 27:55, $12,500

3) Joseph Ebuya (KEN), 27:56, $8000

4) Lelisa Desisa (ETH), 28:19, $5000

5) Simon Ndirangu (KEN), 28:19, $2500

6) Tesfaye Girma (ETH), 28:25, $2250 

7) Ezkyas Sisay (ETH), 28:47 PB, $1250

8) Bado Worku Merdessa (ETH), 29:06, $750

9) Bobby Curtis (USA), 29:09 PB, $250

10) Derese Deniboba (ETH),  29:10, $300

 

*Zayed Central Park course record bonus; previous 27:42, Gebre Gebremariam (ETH), 2010

WOMEN

1) Buzunesh Deba (ETH), 33:39,  $1000

2) Betsy Burke (USA), 36:13
3) Michaela Laussegger (USA), 37:32
 

Complete results and more at: www.nyrr.org

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