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06 April 2021, 9am

Chepngetich runs 1:04:02 in Istanbul

New women’s half marathon world record

N Kolay İstanbul Half Marathon
Sun 4 April 2021

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Ruth Chepngetich won the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon on 4 April in a new world record time of 1:04:02.

It was her third win in this race, after victories in 2017 and 2019, as she finished 200m ahead of Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw. Hellen Obiri came in third with 1:04:51 – the fastest ever debut at the distance – making it the first time three women have run under 65 minutes in the same race.

Eight women passed 5km in 15:07 and five went through 10km in 30:21. Marathon WR holder Brigid Kosgei then started to tail off followed by her compatriot Joan Melly. The lead trio passed 15km in 45:29 but, approaching 18km, Chepngetich moved ahead of Yehualaw to pass 20km already 22 seconds clear. The first seven finishers all surpassed the 2021 world-leading time.

World record-holder Kibiwott Kandie won the men’s race in a course record of 59:35 after Benard Ngeno led for much of the race but faded to seventh at the finish.


Half marathon
1 Kibiwott KANDIE KEN 59:35
2 Geoffrey KAMWOOROR KEN 59:38
3 Roncer KIPKORIR KEN 59:46
4 Amdework WALELEGN ETH 59:48
5 Leonard BARSOSTON KEN 59:59
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

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