Ruth Chepngetich, a 26 year old Kenyan marathon runner has smashed the world half marathon record on Sunday 4th April. She finished in a duration of 1:04:02 to shave 29 seconds off the old record mark. The world half marathon 2021 was conducted in N Kolay Instanbul. The Kenyan sprinted away from Yalemzerf Yehualaw, Ethiopian international, accross the final stage to win by 38 seconds, and dispute the previous record set by Abel Yashaneh in Ras Al Khaimah back in February 2020
Ruth Chepngetich was also a winner of the half marathon in 2017 and 2019. Third place was also secured by a Kenyan, Hellen Obiri, a two-time world 5000m champion. She finished with a time of 1:04:51. The record three women set in this marathon marked the first time in history three women finished inside 65 minutes in a half marathon.
Kenya Continues to dominate the world's marathon records as Kabiwott Kandie also won the men's in a time of 59:35 last year in Valencia. Kandie raced into the lead with about 12 minutes remaining and held off the challenge of Geoffrey Kamworor to claim victory. It will also be remembered that Eliud Kipchoge made a record in INEOS marathon held in Viena after he ran 26.2 miles within an inconceivable 1 hr 59min and 40 seconds.
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