Ruth Chepng’etich Breaks Women’s Half Marathon Record In Istanbul

Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich has smashed the women’s half-marathon world record in a time of one hour, four minutes and two seconds.

On Sunday, the marathon world champion sliced almost half a minute off the previous best mark of 1:04:31, set by Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh in February last year.

Ethiopian runner-up Yalemzerf Yehualaw clocked 64:40 to go third on the world all time lists. Kenya’s Hellen Obiri, the world cross-country champion, clocked 64:51 on her debut, making this the first time three women had broken the 65-minute barrier in the same race.

The 26-year-old has now won the city’s half-marathon three times and in 2018 she ran 2:18:35 to win the Istanbul Marathon.

Joan Chelimo Melly was fourth in 65:09 and world marathon record-holder Kosgei fifth in 66:01 as the top seven broke 67 minutes.

World record-holder Kibiwott Kandie won the men’s race in a course record of 59 minutes and 35 seconds.

Kandie, who set the world record in Valencia last year, raced into the lead with about 12 minutes remaining and held off the challenge of compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor to claim victory by three seconds, with Roncer Kipkorir taking third place.