Gressier smashes European 5km record with 13:18 in Monaco

Jimmy Gressier

France's Jimmy Gressier broke the European 5km record in Monaco on Sunday (16) morning

Multiple European cross country champion Jimmy Gressier from France set his first European record on Sunday (16) morning at the Monaco Run 5km.

Fresh from a one month-long training stint in Kenya where he has been training alongside Julien Wanders, Gressier took a sizeable chunk off his record, taking the mark from 13:29 to 13:18 to finish second to Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei who decimated the world record with 12:51.

This was Gressier’s third notable performance in a row. The Frenchman won his third successive individual and team titles in the U23 race at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon in December before closing his year with a third-place finish over 10km in Houilles in 27:43. His next race will be over 3000m in Lievin on 19 February.

Liv Westphal won the women’s race in a French record of 15:31.