(Reuters) – Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich smashed the world half-marathon record on Sunday, clocking a time of one hour, four minutes, and two seconds at the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon to shave 29 seconds off the previous mark.
The 26-year-old, a winner in 2017 and 2019, sprinted away from Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw across the final stages of the race to win by 38 seconds.
Kenyan Hellen Obiri, a two-time world 5,000 metres champion, finished third in 1:04:51 — the fastest debut half marathon in history — to mark the first time three women had finished inside 65 minutes in a one-half marathon.
Kibiwott Kandie of Kenya won the men’s race in 59:35.
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.