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Kenyan Kiptum breaks world half-marathon record

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Kenyan Abraham Kiptum set a world record of 58 minutes and 18 seconds in the men's race at the Valencia half-marathon in Spain, reported Euronews (France).

Ethiopian Jemal Yimer finished second, two seconds behind Kiptum with his countryman Abadi Hadi in third.

Kiptum broke away from the pack at the 10km mark, going 51 seconds under his previous best to hold off the Ethiopian duo.

Kenyan athletes now hold the world records for the men's and women's half-marathon, after Joyciline Jepkosgei set the women's mark at the same venue last year.

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge broke the world marathon record last month in Berlin with a time of two hours one minute and 39 seconds, 78 seconds faster than the previous best.

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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, clocking 58:18 to take five seconds off the previous record which had been set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2010, reported Athletics Weekly.

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

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 en route to his world half-marathon record in Lisbon eight years ago.

Kiptum continued on to storm 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, clocking 61:00 to place 16th.

The women’s race was won by Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka in 66:11 from Alia Mohammed Saeed of United Arab Emirates in 66:13 and Kenya’s Edith Chelimo in 66:18.

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