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Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya smashes the half marathon world record at Istanbul

Reigning world marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya smashes the half marathon world record at Istanbul on Sunday in a time of one hour four minutes and two seconds (1 hr 4:02). The 26-year-old Chepngetich broke the world record set at 1 hr 4:31 by Ababel Yeshaneh’s at Ras Al Khaimah, UAE in February 2020. Chepngetich took almost half a minute of the previous world record.

It was Chepngetich’s third win in the race. She set the record a minute and a half inside her previous best time. Chepngetich was winning the race for the third time after 2017 and 2019.

Ethiopia’s  Yalemzerf Yehualaw (1hr 4:40) became second and Kenya’s Hellen Obiri third in (1hr 4:51). Hellen Obiri is a two-time 5000m world champion. All three women finished the race within 65 minutes.

World record-holder Kibiwott Kandie, also from Kenya, won the men’s race in a course record of 59min 35sec.

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