Leonard Patrick Komon Sets Pending World 15-K Record

By David Monti
November 21, 2010
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In Nijmegen in the Netherlands, world 10-K record holder Leonard Patrick Komon of Kenya set another pending world record at the ABM AMRO Zevenheuvelenloop 15-K.  Komon, 22, clocked 41:13, easily bettering the previous IAAF and ARRS-ratified world marks of 41:29 (41:28.8) set by Kenyan Felix Limo at the same race in 2001.

"Leonard Komen's 41:13 not only bettered the recognized 15-K world record of 41:29, but it was faster than the previous unofficial world best," commented World Marathon Majors' statistician Marty Post.  "When (Haile) Gebrselassie ran 44:23 for 10 miles (not an IAAF record distance) at Tilburg on 04 Sep 2005, he reportedly passed 15-K in 41:22."  That mark could not be ratified because the intermediate distance was either not certified, or proper timing was not in place to capture the mark, correctly (the independent ARRS doesn't recognize world records achieved en route to longer distances).

Post also points out that Komon's mark is equivalent to a 26:54 on coach Jack Daniels's equivalency table, a mark which is ten seconds slower than Komon's own ratified world 10-K record of 26:44.

"So there is still room for improvement at 15-K," Post concluded.

LRC Editor's Note: The pace for 15k comes out to be 27:28 for 10,000.


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