Ruth Chepng'etich sets new world record in Istanbul Half-Marathon
World marathon champion Ruth Chepng’etich [Courtesy]

World marathon champion Ruth Chepng’etich set a new world record on Sunday, April 4 when she crossed the line to win the 2021 Istanbul Half-Marathon in 1:04:01.

Chepng’etich, 26, smashed the previous world record set by Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh by 29 seconds.

Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw came second clocking 1:04:40, with Kenya’s Hellen Obiri closing the podium positions in third at 1:04:51.

Joan Chelimo Melly was fourth in 65:09 and World record holders Brigid Kosgei finished fifth in 66:01.

This was the first time three women have finished inside 65 minutes in one half marathon.

 

Ruth Chepng'etich sets new world record in Istanbul Half-Marathon
Instanbul Half-Marathon women’s results [Courtesy]

In the Men’s race, Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie defeated compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor to sets a new course record in 59:32.

Ruth Chepng'etich sets new world record in Istanbul Half-Marathon
Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the New York City Marathon in Central Park in New York, U.S., November 5, 2017. [REUTERS]

Geoffrey Kamworor was second in 59:38 and Roncer Kipkorir finished third in 59:46.

Ruth Chepng'etich sets new world record in Istanbul Half-Marathon
World record-holder Kibiwott Kandie won the men’s race in a course record of 59min 35sec. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]]

MEN’S  RESULTS  

1. Kibiwott Kandie – KENYA – 59:35

2. Geoffrey Kamworor -KENYA – 59:38

3. Roncer Kipkorir -KENYA – 59:46

4. Amedework Walelegn – ETHIOPIA – 59:48

5. Leonard barsoton – KENYA  – 59:59

6. Stephen Kissa – UGANDA – 1:00:027.

7. Benard Kipkorir Ngeno – KENYA – 1:00:28

8. Vestus Chemor – KENYA – 1:02:07

9. Kaan Kigen Ozbilen – TURKEY – 1:02:26

10. Getaye Gelaw – ETHIOPIA – 1:03:32

more to follow…

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