Kenyan clocks 65:06 at RAK Half Marathon, while Bedan Karoki wins men’s race in 59:10

Peres Jepchirchir clocked 65:06 to break the world half-marathon record in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, on Friday (February 10).

Forming part of a very strong field at the RAK Half Marathon, the Kenyan, who won at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff last year, took three seconds off the previous record which had been set by her compatriot Florence Kiplagat in Barcelona in 2015.

On the way to her half-marathon record, 23-year-old Jepchirchir also broke the world best for 20km in a mixed race, clocking 61:40.

Behind her, three-time RAK winner Mary Keitany came close to the world record with a 65:13 PB, while Joyciline Jepkosgei clocked 66:08 for third. Next was Jemima Sumgong, who ran 66:43 to complete a Kenyan top four, while Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba was fifth in 66:50.

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It was a Kenyan double as IAAF World Half Marathon Championships silver medallist Bedan Karoki won the men’s race in a 59:10 PB from Ethiopia’s Yigrem Demelash who ran 59:19.

Kenyans Augustine Choge and Solomon Yego were third and fourth in 59:26 and 59:50 respectively, while Nguse Amlosom of Eritrea was fifth in 60:04.

» Results via rakmarathon.org