22 November 2021, 10am
EDP Lisbon Half Marathon
Sun 21 November 2021
Kiplimo ran a perfect race, leading almost from the start in a solo effort that paid off with a new World Record – and a prize of 100,000 euro (113,000 USD).
The 21-year-old Ugandan broke the field at the 3rd kilometre mark and went for the win (and for the record) with an stratospheric performance, crossing the line with more than two minutes ahead of Esa Huseyidin Mohamed (59:39) and Gerba Dibaba, both from Ethiopia, who came second and third. Also, Lisbon had another six athletes below the hour mark.
“I knew that I was going to break the World Record when I entered in the last kilometre. And then, when I was on the finish straight and saw the clock, I had to put in all my efforts and tell my mind that I had to sprint very fast to reach the finish line,” said the new record holder. Kiplimo stated that the conditions in Lisbon were “perfect” and promised that he will come back again. “I hope and I hope! Let’s wait until this Covid situation is finished and maybe I can come back. I’ll talk with my manager about it.”
In the women’s race, there was also a record (the course record), made by the Ethiopian Tsehay Gemechu Beyan. The 22-year-old finished in 1:06:06, beating the previous best time in Lisbon by 28 seconds (Vivian Cheruiyot, in 2019). The second was Daisy Cherotich (1:06:15) and Joyce Chepkemoi Tele third (1:06:29) from Kenya, also below the previous course record.
The women’s race was very different than the men’s, with five athletes setting the pace until the 10th kilometre. In that moment, Beyan, Cherotich and Tele made a move that left them alone in the front, until four kilometres to go, when the eventual winner attacked for the final sprint.
Although she won the race, Gemechu Beyan stated that she was pushing to beat the World Record. “I tried, but after the 17th kilometre I felt a little tired… The course and the conditions were very nice, I liked it. I hope to come back next year, to try the World Record again.”