Jacob Kiplimo Sets New Half Marathon Record In Portugal

Jacob Kiplimo Sets New Half Marathon Record In Portugal

By Simon Abaho

Jacob Kiplimo stamped his mark as the fastest man in the world in the half marathon with a splendid run at the 30th EDP Lisbon Half Marathon in Portugal on Sunday afternoon.

The Olympic 10000m bronze medallist sliced one second off Kibiwott Kandie’s world record of 57:32 that was set in December 2020, finishing the race at 57:31 minutes.

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Kiplimo becomes the fastest man in Half marathon clocking 57:32

Kiplimo ran a perfect race leading from start to finish and finish well clear of the rest of the field to bag cap his most prolific race with a cheque worth 100,000 Euros (over UGX 400 million).

The 21-year-old who came second at the event in 2019, six seconds behind the Kandie, broke the field after three kilometres, controlling the race from there on, passing the five-kilometre mark in 13:40.

He then crossed 10 kilometres in 27:05 and 15 kilometres in 40:27 as he cruised to astonishingly finish almost half a mile and more than two minutes ahead of everyone else.

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He topped the list in the fastest time

Ethiopia’s Esa Huseyidin Mohamed and Gerba Beyata Dibaba finished second and third, stopping the clock at 59:39, while there was other six athletes who finished below the hour mark.

Kenya’s Moses Tanui was the first runner in history of the 13.1-mile race to break the one-hour barrier in 1993 when he clocked in at 59:47 in Milan.

Haile Gebrselassie upped the pace running below 59 minutes in Tempe in 2006 with 58:55. Four years later, Eritrean Zersenay Tadese further sliced the world record to 58:23 in Lisbon.

Tadese’s record would stand for eight years before Abraham Kiptum ran 58:18 in Valencia 2018 to start a run of consistent improvements to the world record time.

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Geofrey Kamworor chopped the world record time to 58:11 in Copenhagen in 2019 and then Kandie ran sub-58, clocking 57:23 in December 2020.

Tsehay Gemechu Beyan of Ethiopia claimed the women’s EDP Lisbon Half Marathon title with a very fast time of 1:06:06. Kenya’s Daisy Cherotich (1:06:15) and Joyce Chepkemoi (1:06:19) took second and third respectively.

This was the 5th Half Marathon world record this year between men and women.

Top results men

Jacob Kiplimo (UGA) – 57:31 WR
Huseydin Mohamed Esa (ETH) – 59:39
Gerba Beyata Dibaba (ETH) – 59:39
Hillary Kipkoech (KEN) – 59:41
Ibrahim Hassan Bouh (DJI) – 59:41
Milkesa Menhgesa Tolosa (ETH) – 59:48

Top results women

Tsehay Gemechu Beyan (ETH) – 1:06:06
Daisy Cherotich (KEN) – 1:06:15
Joyce Chepkemoi Tele (KEN) – 1:06:19
Hiwot Bebrekidan Bebremaryam (ETH) – 1:08:00

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