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Inverness athlete runs fourth fastest time over 10,000 metres in UK athletics history

By Will Clark

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Megan Keith.
Megan Keith.

INVERNESS athlete Megan Keith has run within the Olympic qualifying time for the 10,000 metres by recording the fourth fastest time over the distance by a British athlete in history.

Keith (21) was competing at the SoundRunning TEN in California when she recorded a personal best of 30 minutes 36.84 seconds to finish in fourth place in the race.

The time means she has moved to fourth in the all time UK list for the 10,000 metres.

The race itself last night was won by Tsigie Gebreselama from Ethiopia who stormed to victory in a time of 29:48.34.

She won by 45 seconds with Weini Kelati of Eritrea second in a time of 30:33.82.

Lauren Ryan of Australia pipped Keith for third place with a time of 30:35.66.

The current UK record is held by fellow Scottish athlete Eilish McColgan who recorded a time of 30:00.86 in California last year.

Paula Radcliffe is second in the all time UK list when she ran 30:01.09 in Munich, Germany in 2002.

Jess Judd is third in the all time UK list when she ran 30:35.93 in Eugene, Oregon in 2022.

Keith's performance last night continues her impressive start to 2024.

In January, she broke the European Under-23 10k record with a time of 31:22.

She was also crowned under-23 European Cross Country Champion in Belgium in December.

Last year, she also competed at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary in the 5000 metres.

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