Ruth Chepngetich Smashes World Half Marathon Record in Istanbul

by | Apr 5, 2021

World marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich smashed the world record by 29 seconds to win the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon, a World Athletics Elite Label road race, in the Turkish city on Sunday, 4 April 2021.

The Kenyan clocked a stunning time of 1:04:02 ahead of Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw in the final stages to win by 38 seconds.

Two-time world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri was third in 1:04:51 – the fastest debut half marathon in history. It’s the first time three women have finished inside 65 minutes in one half marathon.

“I am really happy with this amazing result,” said Chepngetich. “The world record is something I have been dreaming about for some time and I am so happy to do it on the streets of Istanbul.”

It was Chepngetich’s third victory in Istanbul and her third improvement on the course record. Her 2017 triumph in 1:06:19 was one of her first big breakthrough runs, then she returned two years later to win in 1:05:30.

 

Results:
1. Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 1:04:02
2. Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH) 1:04:40
3. Hellen Obiri (KEN) 1:04:51
4. Joan Chelimo Melly (KEN) 1:05:09
5. Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 1:06:01
6. Hiwot Gebrekidan (ETH) 1:06:47
7. Bekelech Gudeta (ETH) 1:06:54
8. Alia Saeed Mohammed (UAE) 1:07:31
9. Melat Kejeta (GER) 1:07:33
10. Yasemin Can (TUR) 1:08:32

 

Photo 1 Caption: World marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich smashed the world record by 29 seconds to win the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon, a World Athletics Elite Label road race, in the Turkish city on Sunday, 4 April 2021. Photo: World Athletics (Twitter)

 

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