Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich smashed the world record for the half-marathon Sunday in Istanbul in 1 h 4 min and 2 sec, improving by almost 30 seconds the mark of the Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh which dated from February 2020.
26-year-old world marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich edged Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw (1: 04’40) and Kenya’s Hellen Obiri (1: 04’51). Chepngetich started quickly and completed the 10 km in 30 minutes and 21 seconds, before continuing on the same basis for the next ten and weakening somewhat in the last km.
Kandie wins in men
This performance crowns a steady progression over the distance (21.0975 km). In November, she had already set a personal best by descending to 1:05:06, 24 seconds less than her previous benchmark, already achieved in 2019 in Istanbul (1: 05’30).
In the men’s event, where the plateau was very high, it was also a Kenyan, Kibiwott Kandie, who won. But with a time of 59 minutes and 35 seconds, he stayed a long way from his own world record (57’32 in December in Valencia). The former holder of the world benchmark, his compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor, was second three seconds behind the winner.