This is a record of more fallen in the pocket of Kenya. Saturday night, in the streets of Lille, Kenyan Robert Keter, 30, broke the world record of 5 km in 13'22, co-held until then by Franco-Swiss Julien Wanders and Kenyan Edward Cheserek in 13'29. Well launched by the French miler Quentin Tison in 2'35 on the first kilometer, the athlete resisted the onslaught of his compatriots Gilbert Kwemoi and Stanley Waithaka (13'28) to achieve the biggest performance of his career.
"It's the athlete Vincent Rono (59'27 on half marathon) who advised us to hire Robert Keter on the runexplains Jean-Pierre Watelle, the director of the Hauts-de-France athletics league, organizer of the Urban Trail de Lille. He trains with and knows he was fit. "
Watelle had also prepared well for dropping a record still rushed in the world. "It's been two years since we thought about this record. The route is perfect between the boulevards of Liberty and Jean-Baptiste-Lebas. " Returning from an internship in Kenya the day before the race, the French international Simon Denissel also took the opportunity to finish 11th in 14'07, a good omen before the European Championship selections for cross country. cross South Weston November 24 in Gujan-Mestras.