Kipruto said he wasn’t thinking about the course record during the race. He knew he was confident to get the record because of his previous time. He was shooting to finish in less than 27 minutes. Even though he didn’t get it, it didn’t matter.
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While the first five kilometers were tough, Kipruto said he thought the last five were where he really hit his stride, where he was “very fast.”
His brother, Bravin Kiptoo, 17, finished second with a time of 27:29. Kipruto said it was good to see him run well.
Kipruto’s ambition is to break the world record for the 10,000-meter race, and his performance Thursday certainly helped his goal.
“I want to thank the race organizers for inviting me ... and I want to thank my coaches, for all the hard work they are doing for me.”
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