Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich, world champion of marathon, established this Sunday in Istanbul, on the rain-soaked floor, a new world record for half a marathon by achieving his third victory in the Turkish race with a time of 1h04: 02.
Winner of the Istanbul race in 2017 and 2019, Chepngetich beat the world record that was held by the Ethiopian Ababel Yeshanew with 1: 04.31 since winning at Ras Al Khaimah on February 21, 2020.
In his first half since last November, when he achieved a personal best of 1: 05.06 in New Delhi, Chepngetich stayed halfway with the Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who she left behind three kilometers from the end.
Yehualaw came second with a time of 1h04: 40 and the Kenyan Hellen Obiri, twice world champion of 5,000 on the track, climbed as third to the podium with 1h04: 51 in her first experience in the half marathon.
In the men’s race, Kenyan Kibiwott Kandie He could not beat his own world record (achieved last December 6 in Valencia with 57:32), but he won the victory with the best record of the Turkish race: 59:35.
Kandie, 24, beat her predecessor as world record holder with a 59:35 mark, his compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor -four years older-, which held the record at 58:01 since September 2019.
The world record holder reached the last leg of the race in a group of seven and launched his decisive attack in the penultimate kilometer.
Kamworor, inactive for several months inactive after being hit by a motorcycle last June, he nearly caught the escapee Kandie, but a second change from him settled the race on asphalt wet from recent rain.
Kamworor crossed the finish line three seconds after the winner and Roncer Kipkorir rounded off the Kenyan triplet with a record of 59:46.