Women Half Marathon Record Brakes!

Posted: October 16, 2007 in half marathon, marathon

The 100m, The Full Marathon, and now the Half marathon for females. And they year is not yet over!

The Kenyan born Dutch runner, Lorna Kiplagat, set a new world half marathon record to win the women’s race at IAAF World Running Championships in Udine, Italy.

Eritrean Zersenay Tadesse claimed victory in the men’s event with a championship best.

In winning the women’s race, Kiplagat who relocated to Holland from Kenya after marrying her Dutch coach, Pieter Langerhorst four years ago set a new world half marathon record of 1:06.25.

The world cross country senior women’s champion slashed 19 seconds from the previous mark of 1:06.44 set by Elana Meyer in Tokyo, 1999.

Kiplagat, who was returning from a calf injury that ruled her out of the Osaka World Championships in Athletics, consequently takes home $80,000 (Sh.5.3m) in prize money after winning the $50,000 (Sh3.3m) bonus for breaking the record.

The world best half marathon best is held by Paula Radclif at 1:05:40, which was set at flat course Great North run.

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