06 April 2021, 9am
N Kolay İstanbul Half Marathon
Sun 4 April 2021
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.