26-year-old Kenyan World marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich on Sunday put up a stellar performance to set a new World Record, during the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon held in Turkey.
Chepngetich took 29 seconds off the world record to win the Half Marathon, clocking an impressive 1:04:02 in the Turkish city on Sunday (4).
Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw (1:04:40) came second, while two-time world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri was third in 1:04:51 – the fastest debut half marathon in history. According to the Word Athletics, This is the first time three women have finished inside 65 minutes in a one-half marathon.
World marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich takes 29 seconds off world record to win N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon, clocking a stunning 1:04:02.
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Joan Chelimo Melly (1:05:09) and Brigid Kosgei (1:06:01) finished fourth and fifth consecutively. On the other hand, world record-holder Kibiwott Kandie led the Kenyan trio in winning the men’s race, in a course record of 59:35. Geoffrey Kamworor (59:38) and
Roncer Kipkorir (59:46) summed up the second and third positions respectively.
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