Jake Robertson equalled his twin brother Zane’s New Zealand record to win the Crescent City Classic 10k in New Orleans on Saturday (March 31).

Robertson returned to the US city, where he won and PB’d last year hoping to go even faster, and did just that, taking the win in a lightning fast 27:28, which slices 27 seconds off his previous best.

It was a 48-second win for the 28-year-old ahead of Kenya’s John Muritu and equals Zane’s national record that was set last year in Berlin.

It has been a fantastic month for Robertson, who broke the New Zealand marathon record on his debut over the distance clocking 2:08:26 at Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan on March 4.

The previous best of 2:08:59 set by Rod Dixon had stood for 34 years.

Zane is also the national 10,000m and half marathon record holder with 59:47, while Jake has clocked 60:01 for 13.1 miles on two occasions.

The brothers who famously uprooted from uprooted from their home as teenagers and moved to of Iten, Kenya, are set to compete at the Commonwealth Games, with Jake competing in the 10,000m on April 13, and Zane the marathon on April 14.

Top men’s results

Jake Robertson, New Zealand, 27:28
John Muritu, Kenya, 28:14
Edwin Soi, Kenya, 28:18
Reid Buchanan, USA, 28:56
Isiah Koech, Kenya, 29:07
Kevin Castille, USA, 29:15,
Bernard Lagat, USA, 30;23,
Donn Cabral, USA, 30:29

Top women’s results

Monicah Ngige, Kenya, 32:05
Iveen Chepekemoi, Kenya, 32:27
Hiwot Ayalew, Ethiopia, 32:31
Magdalyne Masai, Kenya, 33:05
Sarah Pagano, USA, 33:06