Austin (AP) - Konstanze Klosterhalfen broke the German record in her first 10,000 meter race.

The 24-year-old from Leverkusen won the race at an open-air meeting in Austin / Texas in 31: 01.71 minutes.

With this, the third place in the World Cup over 5000 meters undercut the almost 30-year-old record of Kathrin Ulrich from Berlin, which ran 31: 03.62 minutes on June 30, 1991 in Frankfurt / Main.

Klosterhalfen also achieved the Olympic standard in humid weather and wind.

“I can't believe it.

I had never run the 10,000 meters before and was a little nervous about the length of the race, ”she said.

The exceptional runner, who holds the German record over several distances, lapped all participants.


Klosterhalfen's strong early start is also surprising because she did not contest a race last summer due to an overload reaction in the pool.

She is still in advanced training and does not allow herself to be stressed, she said in a podcast by #TrueAthletes last week.

"The main goal is to stay healthy."

The two-time indoor European championship runner-up trains with Pete Julian in Portland, Oregon.

«I am very happy and overwhelmed.

The wind bothered a bit, and I hoped that they would play music faster so that I could get faster too, ”said Klosterhalfen after her comeback.

She did not want to commit to whether a double start over 10,000 and 5,000 meters in Tokyo would be an option: "There is still a long way to go before the Olympics."

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