Agnes Ngetich becomes multi millionaire after smashing women-only 10km World Record

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ATHLETICS Agnes Ngetich becomes multi millionaire after smashing women-only 10km World Record

Festus Chuma 07:34 - 14.09.2023

The 22-year-old broke the women-only world 10km record in Romania, surpassing the late Agnes Tirop's record, with Catherine Reline also shining for Kenya.

Kenya was once again thrust into the global limelight on Sunday after Agnes Ngetich shattered the women-only world 10km record by clocking 29:24 at the World Athletics Elite Label road race in Brasov, Romania, on Sunday.

At only 22, Ngetich covered the initial 5km in 14:25, eclipsing the previous record for that distance by four seconds. 

The significance of this feat becomes more profound when considering that the previous record was held by the late Agnes Tirop of Kenya. 

Running closely behind, Kenya was once again represented on the podium by Catherine Reline who clocked a solid 30:14, securing second place. Uganda's Joy Cheptoyek completed the top three with a commendable time of 30:34.

World Athletics, in its statement, lauded Ngetich's achievement by saying, “As well as being the fastest women-only 10km, Ngetich's time is the third-quickest by a woman in history." 

This achievement is only behind the remarkable runs of 29:14 and 29:19 by Ethiopia's Yalemzerf Yehualaw, both accomplished in mixed races.

The remarkable feat was not just a win for Ngetich in terms of accolades but also a significant financial windfall. 

The race organisers had initially placed the prize money at $5,000 (Ksh 731,000). However, smashing a world record comes with its unique set of rewards. and Ngetich is set to receive an additional bonus of $50,000 (Ksh7.3 million) from World Athletics.

This sums up to a whopping total of $55,000 (Ksh8.4 million) that Ngetich will be taking home, a well-deserved reward for her impeccable performance.

Speaking after the race, an ecstatic Ngetich remarked, “It is quite a surprise to me. I didn’t expect to break the world record. All I ever wanted was a personal best (PB) of 30:00 or 30:02 but to set a new world record in the women’s 10km was the last thing I expected.”

As fans across the globe celebrate her achievement, many are confident that this is just the beginning for the World Cross Country bronze medalist. 

With youth on her side and a clear demonstration of her capability, the world waits in anticipation of her next move. Will she redefine another record, or perhaps set a new standard for future generations to aspire towards? Only time will tell. 

For now, Agnes Ngetich revels in her well-deserved moment of glory, inspiring millions and etching her name in gold.