2024 World Rankings: Ebenyo To Defend Okpekpe Race Title As World’s 10,000m, 10km Number One

Reigning Okpekpe International 10km champion and record holder, Daniel Ebenyo, is the number one ranked athlete in the world in the 10,000m and 10km events and will likely defend his title at the historic race as the best in the world.

Ebenyo, who has signified his intention to defend the men’s 10km title he won last year, moved to the top of the World Athletics ranking in mid-January, supplanting Uganda’s reigning world 10,000m champion, Joshua Cheptegei, who had ended 2023 as the best in the event. He leads the Ugandan by a healthy 20 ranking points.

Interestingly, the Kenyan was ranked the ninth best in the world coming to the Okpekpe Race last year with Cheptegei the undisputed leader of the pack. He was however the first sub-27 minutes runner to ever grace any World Athletics label 10km road race in Nigeria.

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