Kenya’s Kamworor Smashes Half Marathon World Record

Geoffrey Kamworor set a new world record for the half marathon with a stunning run in Copenhagen.

Kamworor took 17 seconds off the previous record, set by fellow Kenyan Abraham Kiptum in Valencia last year, to complete the 13.1 miles in 58:01.

Kamworor also did it out on his own and without pacemakers, as he covered the second half of the race without anyone for company.

He ran half the race alone after distancing his rivals and survived a sudden deluge of rain to lead home five other men under 60 minutes. Compatriot Bernard Kipkorir (59:16) and Ethiopia’s Berehanu Wendemu Tsegu (59:22) finished second and third.

“It is very emotional for me to set this record,” said Kamworor.

“Doing it in Copenhagen, where I won my first world title, adds something to it.”

Kamworor had targeted breaking this world record as a priority having passed up the opportunity to race at the World Championships in Doha later this month.

Kamworor, a three-time half marathon world champion, will not compete at the IAAF World Championships later in September.

Fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge will attempt to dip below two hours in the full marathon in Vienna next month.


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