Kenyan athlete Ruth Chepngetich, who came first in the women’s category at the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon, broke the world record with a time of 1.04.01. Kenyan Kibiwott Kandie, with a time of 59.32 in men, became the holder of the Istanbul Half Marathon record.
N Kolay 16th Istanbul Half Marathon, organized by Spor Istanbul, a subsidiary of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, was held. The race was the only half marathon in Europe in the spring, shown in the Elite Label category by World Athletics. In the Istanbul Half Marathon, which was held with a limited quota of 2,500 people due to epidemic measures, athletes competed in the 21K, 10K and 21K skate categories.
This year, Galata Bridge took part in the race track, which started from the bus stop in Yenikapı Rally Area. In the race that started from Yenikapı, the athletes followed the coastal road and came to the Galata Bridge and made a ‘U’ turn from the lights at the end of the bridge and went to Fatih. The races that continued in the opposite direction with the ‘U’ turn before coming to the Golden Horn Bridge completed the course at the point where it started in Yenikapı. Aktif Bank General Manager Ayşegül Adaca stated that they were excited to sponsor the N Kolay 16th Istanbul Half Marathon, in which world-famous athletes compete, and said, “As a woman, seeing the champion female athletes on the track also made me happy.” Adaca said, “We are all in a rush in the fast flow of life. Today we take a break from the hustle and bustle and run for our health,” he said.
The World Record was broken for the first time in the 42-year history of the Istanbul Marathon and the 16-year history of the Istanbul Half Marathon.
World record in women
Kenyan athlete Ruth Chepngetich, who won the first place in the women’s category at the Istanbul Half Marathon, broke the world record with a time of 1.04.01 and surpassed the Ethiopian athlete Ababel Yeshaneh, who held the world record with her time of 1.04.31 in 2020. Kenyan Yalemzerf Yehualaw came in second, and another Kenyan athlete Hellen Obiri came in third.
Istanbul Half Marathon record for men
Kenyan athlete Kibiwott Kandie, world half marathon record holder in men’s, won first place. Completing the race with a time of 59.32, Kendie also became the new holder of the Istanbul Half Marathon record. Following Kandie, Kenyan runner Geoffrey Kamworor finished second and Kenyan Roncer Kipkorir finished third.
Kaan Kigen Özbilen for men and Yasemin Can for women
Kaan Kigen Özbilen came first in Turkish athletes with his score of 1.02.36 in men. Aras Kaya came second and Halil Yaşin came third. In the women’s category, Yasemin Can took the first place with a rating of 1.08.32. Yasemin Can-Arslan came second and Büşra Nur Koku came third. – ISTANBUL.