Wanders improves European 10km record to 27:25 in Houilles

Julien Wanders

Switzerland's Julien Wanders was the top European finisher in the men's race at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia. © Jiro Mochizuki for IAAF

Julien Wanders smashed his European 10km record with a gun-to-tape victory at the Corrida de Houilles in Paris on Sunday (30) to successfully defend his title.

Wanders smashed the European record in Durban in October with 27:32 and the 22-year-old took another sizeable chunk off that mark with an eye-catching display of front running at the 47th edition of the race.

This was the third European record Wanders has set in 2018. He began his season by breaking the European U23 half marathon record with 60:09 in Barcelona before two outright European 10km records: 27:32 in Durban and now 27:25 in Houilles.

“I am very happy to have broken my own record. I have not necessarily had the ideal preparation in recent weeks but I wanted to give it everything.

From the 5th kilometre, the legs burned a little. In the last two, I pushed myself to accelerate because I heard that I was on track for the record,” Wanders told L’Equipe after the race.

Wanders led nearly every step of the way, burning off his last remaining challenger Berhanu Tsegu from Ethiopia in the final kilometre. Tsegu finished safe in second in 27:36 with Uganda’s Albert Chemutai third in 27:53.

There were also two excellent performances from the leading French exponents on show in Houilles. Jimmy Gressier was the top home finisher in seventh in 28:13, one place ahead of Florian Carvalho in 28:25.

Ethiopia’s Gete Alemayehu won the women’s race in 31:12. Poland’s Karolina Nadolska was the best European finisher in fourth in 32:44 while Ophelie Claude-Boxberger was the best French finisher in sixth in 32:50.