Ruth Chepngetich was almost 30 seconds faster than the previous best performance. Records are currently tumbling around the world.
The Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich improved the women’s half marathon world record by almost 30 seconds in Istanbul on Sunday. The marathon world champion completed the 21.0975 km in 1:04:02 hours. All podium runners finished in under 65 minutes. The 26-year-old Chepngetich defeated the Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw (1:04:40) and the Kenyan Hellen Obiri (1:04:51). The previous world record was held by the Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh in 1:04:31.
World record in Istanbul!
Ruth Chepngetich smashes the world half marathon record in 1:04:02. pic.twitter.com/qQ7HC0LZM1
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Records are currently tumbling around the world – even in almost all common road running distances. This is also made possible by new running shoes with carbon plates in the thick soles.
The Scottish triathlete Beth Potter had already won a 5 km road race in 14:41 minutes in Barrowford, England on Saturday. So she stayed two seconds below the official world record of Beatrice Chepkoech and ten seconds below the British record of Paula Radcliffe. Whether Potter’s time is recognized as a new world record depends on the examination of framework conditions such as compliance with anti-doping regulations. Potter’s best time to date was 15:24 minutes.