Yesaneh, Half Marathon World Record against the 'invincible' Kosgei
Half marathon distance has new world record thanks to Ethiopian athlete Ababel Yeshaneh, which this Friday stopped the stopwatch in the race of Ras Al Khaimah (Arab Emirates) in 1h04: 31, reducing in 20 seconds the record set in Valencia in 2017 by the Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei.
Kosgei, off the hook at km 17
With an important cast at the starting line of the women's event, the world record was very likely to be broken. However, the forecast mainly pointed to Brigid Kosgei with whom Yeshaneh kept a hand to hand until kilometer 17, where finally the Kenyan took off, leaving the victory for Ababel on a plate.
In this way, Kosgei, 25, suffered his First defeat in 17 months. Although he also ran below the previous world record, his time of 1h04: 49, which lowers his previous personal mark by 39 seconds, only reached him to be second.
Kosgei, first time after its world record
Brigid competed for the first time since last October he beat Chicago on October marathon world record with a record of 2h14: 04. On that occasion he passed through the middle in 1h04: 28, although on a slightly downward route, and ended up beating Yeshaneh for almost seven minutes, who took his revenge in the Arab Emirates.
The third place on the podium of the women's category has been for another Kenyan, Rosemary Monicah, with 1h05: 34, which preceded two other compatriots, Evaline Chirchir, with a mark of 1h06: 01, and Joan Chemimo Melly, who stopped the clock at 1h06: 16.
Kibiwott Kandie, male leader
For its part, the Kenyan won the men's race Kibiwott Kandie with a time of 58:58 which only places him in the nineteenth position of the world ranking of all time. The compatriot Alexander Munyao, who reached the finish line 18 seconds later (59:16), and the Ethiopian Mule Lakew (59:47) completed the podium.
Kandie, who last week had defeated three-time world champion Kamworor in the Kenya cross championships, has had to settle here with reduce your personal brand in 33 seconds Half marathon.
Therefore, the men's half marathon world record remains in the hands of the Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor with the 58:01 mark that he signed on September 15, 2019 in Copenhagen.