2013 UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K: Leonard Patrick Komon (27:58) Wins But Comes Up Short in Bid for $30,000 Course Record

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Komon Slows After Running First Two Miles Both in 4:18; American Meb Keflezighi Returns To Racing and Finishes 9th (28:57)

By David Monti, with additional repoting by LetsRun.com.
(c) 2013 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

NEW YORK (11-May) – After a furious start, Kenya’s Leonard Patrick Komon‘s attempt to break his own UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K record here this morning fizzled, and the world record holder had to settle for his second victory in three years, clocking 27:58.  Race organizers had put up a USD 30,000 bonus for the winner had he broken Komon’s 2011 record of 27:35.

Komon, who holds the world records for both 10-K and 15-K on the road, ran both of the first two miles in 4:18, immediately breaking open the race, and was alone through 5-K in 13:40 with a seven-second lead over his primary chaser, Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro, the three-time world cross medallist who was 4th i the 5000 at the 2008 Olympic and 2009 World champs.

“Like a bullet,” Kipsiro said of Komon’s opening mile.

But the soaking humidity, wet streets from earlier rains, and Central Parks’ challenging hills began to take their toll on the Kenyan.  He slowed significantly in the second half, splitting the course’s certified 8-K mark in 22:18, then working hard in the uphill final two kilometers just to maintain his lead.  He crossed the finish line with a four-second advantage and collected the $25,000 first prize award, the largest of any 10-K in the world.

“I will get the record next year,” Komon said after event sponsors, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, said that they would raise the course record bonus to $50,000 for next year’s 10th edition of the race.

(l. to r.) Stephen Sambu of Kenya (3rd place), Leonard Patrick Komon (1st) and Moses Kipsiro (2nd) after finishing the 2013 Healthy Kidney 10-K (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

(l. to r.) Stephen Sambu of Kenya (3rd place), Leonard Patrick Komon (1st) and Moses Kipsiro (2nd) after finishing the 2013 Healthy Kidney 10-K (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

Behind Komon, Kipsiro and former NCAA standout Stephen Sambu of Kenya sprinted for second place.  Both men were credited with a 28:02 finish time, but Kipsiro was clearly in front of Sambu who appeared to ease up just before the line.  Ethiopia’s 13:00/60:19 man Abera Kuma (28:18) and Australia’s Collis Birmingham (28:29), who was 8th at world cross country earlier this year, rounded out the top-5.

LetsRun.com additions: 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Edwin Soi, who ran 12:55 last year for 5000, was 6th (28:37).

American Meb Keflezighi returned to racing for the first time we think since his 4th place finish at the London Marathon. Keflezighi, who missed last months Boston marathon due to injury, was 9th in 28:57. Top American honors went to Ayale Feisa in 8th (28:53).

Showing how deep the field was Aussie Ben St. Lawrence, who won the Payton Jordan 10,000 at Stanford a few weeks ago in 27:37, was just 10th in 29:00.

Top 25 Results Below

Last NameFirst NameSex/
AG %
KomonLeonard PatrickM251NIKEEldoretKenya1110:27:580:13:3904:310:27:58396.04 %
KipsiroMosesM263PUMABukwoUganda2220:28:020:13:4604:310:28:02495.79 %
SambuStephenM248TucsonAZKenya3310:28:020:13:5204:310:28:02595.79 %
KumaAberaM224NIKEAddis AbabaEthiopia4420:28:180:13:5204:340:28:18694.91 %
BirminghamCollisM2810NIKEBallaratAustralia5530:28:290:14:0904:360:28:29794.28 %
SoiEdwinM272NIKEKerichoKenya6640:28:370:13:5204:370:28:37893.84 %
KorirLeonardM265NIKEColorado SpringsCOKenya7750:28:440:14:0904:380:28:441093.46 %
FeisaAyeleM25636AODFNew YorkNYUnited States8860:28:530:14:0904:400:28:531292.96 %
KeflezighiMebM387SKEMammoth LakesCAUnited States9910:28:570:14:0904:400:27:46296.70 %
St LawrenceBenM316NEWBCentennial ParkAustralia101010:29:000:14:0904:410:28:511193.08 %
NgetichEliudM1961New YorkNYKenya111110:29:160:14:1304:430:28:40993.71 %
RobinsonBrettM2212NEWBBallaratAustralia121230:29:380:14:4204:470:29:371390.69 %
MackBobbyM289REEBRaleighNCUnited States131370:29:450:14:2804:480:29:451490.26 %
Assefa DubeTesfayeM2916WSXNew YorkNYEthiopia141480:29:530:14:2804:490:29:511589.97 %
GirmaTesfayeM3011WSXNew YorkNYEthiopia151520:30:250:14:4504:540:30:211788.50 %
GreyJonM2521TMINMinneapolisMNUnited States161690:30:350:15:0504:560:30:351887.80 %
ThompsonChristianM2418NJNYElkins ParkPAUnited States171740:30:390:15:2204:570:30:391987.61 %
JeffersonFideleM3568WSXFlagstaffAZUnited States181820:30:450:14:5304:580:30:061689.22 %
Wendimu GenbereMulugetaM2717WSXSilver SpringMDEthiopia1919100:30:550:14:4804:590:30:552086.89 %
Tesfaye KahsayMikaelM2689WSXBronxNYEthiopia2020110:31:180:15:1105:030:31:182185.82 %
BokanTariku AbosetM3158WSXWashingtonDCEthiopia212130:31:270:15:2105:040:31:182285.80 %
SaundersDavidM2884ATLANew YorkNYUnited States2222120:32:370:16:0005:160:32:372482.34 %
BartlettPeterM2656New YorkNYUnited States2323130:32:570:16:2105:190:32:572881.52 %
LhuissierFrancoisM34378CPTCNew YorkNYFrance242440:33:160:16:1405:220:32:442782.03 %
PinterDanielM26474New YorkNYUnited States2525140:33:250:16:2105:230:33:253280.36 %

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