World's Best 10K Results

Luis CollazoIn last Sunday's 10K race over the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge it was an impressive showing for Keyan runners. The first man to cross the finish line was Gilbert Okari (Kenya) with mark of 28:08. The first woman to finish was Lomah Kiplagat (Kenya) with a time of 31:05. The victory was the fifth World's Best 10K victory for Kiplagat. While neither runner was able to break the world record for the 10 Kilometer length, each did pocket the $25,000 prize money for first place. Of the top 20 fastest runners for both sexes, 13 were from Kenya and 19 where from Africa.

The fastest male Puerto Rican, Luis Collazo, crossed the finish line just under 30 minutes, with a mark of 29:51 seconds, 31 seconds behind the tenth place finisher. César Lam also finished in less than 30 minutes with a mark of 29:54. Collazo and Lam are the first Puerto Rican runners to ever break the 30 minutes barrier in the race; for their efforts they won $1,200 and $850 respectively. Erika Méndez was the first woman Puerto Rican to cross the finish line with a time of 36:54.

Of the 14,372 participants that started the race, 12,481 finished; of that number 7,584 were men and 4,897 were women.