Leonard Komon will continue his efforts to beat the world record for 10 miles, currently held by Haile Gebrselassie. The 23-year old Kenyan made an attempt on the record on Sunday 30th October 2011 at the Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth, starting well with a blistering mile in just 4:12 through the old dockyards of the Royal Navy. Without a running mate, the 10km and 15km world record holder found it hard to maintain the world-beating pace and slowed in the final miles to miss the new title by a margin of 1 minute and 55 seconds.
Komon missed the record by just four seconds a month earlier in Zaandam in The Netherlands. He still took the victory, however, leading over 20,000 runners through the streets of the famous UK port.