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Weini Kelati sets American record at Boston 10k for Women

"All I was thinking was I’m just going to go and run my race.”

Kevin Morris
Weini Kelati won the Boston 10k for Women on Saturday in record time. Kevin Morris


Five days after the Boston Marathon wrapped, history was made again on the roads of Boston on Saturday, as 24-year-old Weini Kelati set an American record at the Boston 10k for Women.

Kelati broke the tape by Boston Common in 31 minutes, 18 seconds to take down Molly Huddle’s national mark, also set in Boston back in 2015. It was Kelati’s first race as a pro after winning two national titles at the University of New Mexico. At the halfway point on Memorial Drive, the 13-time All-American dropped her training partner, Sharon Lokedi, and never looked back, rolling solo through the last 3 miles to win by 39 seconds.

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“I just race with myself [in my training] and see how fast I can run,” Kelati said. “I know there were fast runners here today who could hang on with me, but all I was thinking was I’m just going to go and run my race.”

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