Ebuya smashes all-comers record

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World cross country champion Joseph Ebuya eased to a UK allcomers' 10-mile record at the Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth yesterday.

Ebuya took advantage of perfect weather conditions to shave 40 seconds from the long-standing record, achieved 15 years ago by Benson Masya.

The Kenyan demolished Saif Saeed Shaheen and Vincent Yator, who finished well behind in times of 46min 37sec and 47:28 respectively.

Ebuya's time of 45min 16sec, on his debut over the distance, is the quickest in the world this year and was exceptional considering he ran the last six miles on his own.

He said: "I think with pacemakers I could probably have run closer to 45 minutes but it doesn't matter – this is an important win.

"The conditions were right for fast running and although Shaheen and Yator looked good in the early stages, they had no answer when I pulled clear between three and four miles."