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25 October 2021, 10am

1:02:52 time over a minute faster than Ruth Chepngetich’s record

New women’s half marathon record for Letesenbet Gidey

Half Marathon Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP
Sun 24 October 2021

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In her debut at the distance Letesenbet Gidey (ETH) shattered the Half Marathon world record by more than a minute with a 1:02:52 win in the Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP on 24 October.

Compatriot Yelamzerf Yehualew trailed Gidey throughout the race but still finished 13 seconds inside the existing world record time.

Gidey was paced to 5km in 15:00 but then sped up to reach 10km in 29:45 – only seven seconds outside Kalkidan Gezahegne’s new world record for the distance. Now beyond her customary track racing distances of 5000m and 10,000m Gidey kept up the frenetic pace with a 14:44 split to 15km and then slowed only a little in the closing stages.

Her first world road record sits alongside those she set on the track at 5000m (14:06.62) and 10,000m (29:01.03).

In the men’s race Abel Kipchumba overtook fellow Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto in the closing stages to win by two seconds in 58:07. The top seven men finished inside 59 minutes.


Half marathon
1 Abel KIPCHUMBA KEN 58:07
2 Rhonex KIPRUTO KEN 58:09
3 Daniel MATEIKO KEN 58:26
4 Kennedy KIMUTAI KEN 58:28
5 Philemon KIPLIMO KEN 58:34
1 Letesenbet GIDEY ETH 1:02:52
2 Yalemzerf YEHUALAW ETH 1:03:51
3 Sheila CHEPKIRUI KEN 1:04:53
4 Brenda JEPLETING KEN 1:05:44
5 Bosena MULATE ETH 1:06:00

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