Kenyan clocks 58:18 in Valencia, while Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka wins women’s title

Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum stormed to a world half-marathon record at the Medio Maratón de Valencia Trinidad Alfonso on Sunday, clocking 58:18 to take five seconds off the previous global mark which had been set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2010.

One year after his compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the women’s world record with her time of 64:51 at the same event, 29-year-old Kiptum also created history, improving his PB of 59:09 set just six weeks before in Copenhagen.

Kiptum’s half-marathon progression

61:52, 1st, Madrid, 24 April 2016
61:26, 1st, Casablanca, 15 May 2016
59:36, 6th, Copenhagen, 18 September 2016
59:09, 2nd, Copenhagen, 16 September 2018
58:18, 1st, Valencia, 28 October 2018

The leaders went through 5km in 13:56 and 10km in 28:02 before Kiptum passed 15km in 41:37.

Further creating a gap on his rivals, the Kenyan clocked 55:18 for 20km to also improve by three seconds Tadese’s world best set during his world half-marathon record run in Lisbon eight years ago.

Kiptum continued on to stride over the finish line and straight into world record celebrations.

Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer was second in 58:31 to move to third on the world all-time list, while his compatriot Abadi Hadis finished third in 58:43.

Britain’s Callum Hawkins was the top European athlete, placing 16th in 61:00 for the third-quickest half-marathon of his career.

Full race video

The women’s race was won by 2015 world 10,000m silver medallist Gelete Burka in 66:11 as the Ethiopian further demonstrated her impressive range, claiming victory in the same city where she retroactively won the world indoor 1500m title a decade ago.

Alia Mohammed Saeed of United Arab Emirates was second in a national record of 66:13, while Kenya’s Edith Chelimo was third in 66:18.