Ruth Chepng’etich sets new world record at Istanbul half-marathon

Ruth Chepng’etich sets new world record at Istanbul half-marathon
  • Kenyan runner set a new world record when she crossed the line to win the Istanbul Half-Marathon
  • Kibiwott Kandie won the men’s race setting a new course record in 59.32

World marathon Champion Ruth Chepng’etich set a new world record on Sunday, when she crossed the line to win the 2021 Istanbul Half-Marathon in 1:04:01.

Ruth smashed the previous world record set by Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh by 29 seconds.

Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw came second clocking 1:04:40, with Kenya’s Hellen Obiri closing the podium positions in third at 1:04:51.

Joan Chelimo Melly was fourth in 65:09 and World record-holders Brigid Kosgei finished fifth in 66:01.

This was the first time three women have finished inside 65 Minutes in one Half Marathon.

In Men’s race, Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie defeated countryman Geoffrey Kamworor to set a new course record in 59:32.