The Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich breaks the half marathon record in Istanbul and shaves 29 seconds before the old mark

The Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich broke the half marathon world record and set a time of 1 hour, 04 minutes and 02 seconds in the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon to be 29 seconds behind the old mark.

Kenyan Hellen Obiri, a two-time 5,000 meter world champion, finished third with a time of 1:04:51 – the fastest debut half marathon in history – and the first time three women have run a half marathon within 65 minutes ended.

Kibiwott Kandie from Kenya won the men’s race in a time of 59:35.

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Kandie, who set the world record in Valencia last year, took the lead by around 12 minutes and held off compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor’s challenge by three seconds, with Roncer Kipkorir in third place.

Additional coverage from Reuters.

Leading results


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

6 Hiwot Gebrekidan (ETH) 1:06:47

7 Bekelech Gudeta (ETH) 1:06:54

8 Alia Saeed Mohammed (UAE) 1:07:31

9 Melat Kejeta (GER) 1:07:33

10 Yasemin Can (TUR) 1:08:32


1 Kibiwott Kandie (KEN) 59:35

2 Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) 59:38

3 Roncer Kipkorir (KEN) 59:46

4 Amdework Walelegn (ETH) 59:48

5 Leonard Barsoton (KEN) 59:59

6 Stephen the Cat (UGA) 1:00:02

7 Benard Ngeno (KEN) 1:00:28

8 Vestus Chemjor (KEN) 1:02:07

9 Getaye Fisseha Gelaw (ETH) 1:03:32

10 Aras Kaya (TUR) 1:03:36

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