Kenyan athlete Ruth Chepngetich broke the world record in the 21-kilometer half marathon in Istanbul.
Chepngetich ran the Istanbul circuit in one hour, four minutes and two seconds, nearly half the time that Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh set in the United Arab Emirates in February 2020 (1:04:31). minute.
The 26-year-old Kenyan has a world marathon champion.
For the first time in history, the top three marathon runners ran at 21 kilometers in less than one hour and five minutes. Yalemzerf Yehualaw (1:04:40) of Ethiopia came in second, and Hellen Obiri (1:04:51) of Kenya came in third.
Among the marathon runners, the Kenyans ranked in the top three, and the world record holder Kibiwott Kandie (59:35) celebrated with record results. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey started with 4,000 runners.