| Athletics |
|Men||Kibiwott Kandie 57:32 (2020)|
Brigid Kosgei 1:04:28 (2019)
Joyciline Jepkosgei 1:04:51 (2017)
Peres Jepchirchir 1:05:16 (2020)
A half marathon is a road running event of 21.0975 km (13.109 mi, or 13 mi 192½ yd)—half the distance of a marathon. It is common for a half marathon event to be held concurrently with a marathon or a 5K race, using almost the same course with a late start, an early finish or shortcuts[ citation needed ]. If finisher medals are awarded, the medal or ribbon may differ from those for the full marathon. The half marathon is also known as a 21K, 21.1K or 13.1 miles, although these values are rounded and not formally correct.[ examples needed ]
A half marathon world record is officially recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations.The official IAAF world record for men is 57:32, set by Kibiwott Kandie of Kenya in December 2020 in Valencia, Spain, and for women is 1:04:51, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya on October 22, 2017, in Valencia, Spain. Participation in half marathons has grown steadily since 2003, partly because it is a challenging distance, but does not require the same level of training that a marathon does. In 2008, Running USA reported that the half marathon is the fastest-growing type of race.
|1||57:32||Kibiwott Kandie (KEN)||6 December 2020||Valencia|
|2||57:37||Jacob Kiplimo (UGA)||6 December 2020||Valencia|
|3||57:49||Rhonex Kipruto (KEN)||6 December 2020||Valencia|
|4||57:59||Alexander Mutiso (KEN)||6 December 2020||Valencia|
|5||58:01||Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN)||15 September 2019||Copenhagen|
|6||58:11||Philemon Kiplimo (KEN)||6 December 2020||Valencia|
|7||58:23||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||21 March 2010||Lisbon|
|8||58:33||Samuel Wanjiru (KEN)||17 March 2007||The Hague|
|Jemal Yimer (ETH)||28 October 2018||Valencia|
|10||58:40||Abraham Cheroben (BHR)||17 September 2017||Copenhagen|
|11||58:42||Bedan Karoki Muchiri (KEN)||9 February 2018||Ras al-Khaimah|
|Eric Kiptanui (KEN)||8 April 2018||Berlin|
|Stephen Kiprop (KEN)||8 February 2019||Ras al-Khaimah|
|Kelvin Kiptum (KEN)||6 December 2020||Valencia|
|15||58:44||Solomon Kirwa Yego (KEN)||13 March 2016||Ostia Lido|
|Abadi Hadis (ETH)||28 October 2018||Valencia|
|8 February 2019||Ras al-Khaimah|
|17||58:46||Mathew Kisorio (KEN)||18 September 2011||Philadelphia|
|18||58:47||Atsedu Tsegay (ETH)||31 March 2012||Prague|
|19||58:48||Sammy Kitwara (KEN)||18 September 2011||Philadelphia|
|Jorum Lumbasi Okombo (KEN)||17 September 2017||Copenhagen|
|21||58:51||Alex Oloitiptip Korio (KEN)||17 September 2017||Copenhagen|
|22||58:52||Patrick Makau Musyoki (KEN)||20 February 2009||Ras al-Khaimah|
|23||58:53||Amedework Walelegn (ETH)||29 November 2020||Delhi|
|24||58:54||Stephen Kosgei Kibet (KEN)||11 March 2012||The Hague|
|Andamlak Belihu (ETH)||29 November 2020||Delhi|
Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 58:54:
|1||1:04:02 Mx||Ruth Chepng'etich (KEN)||4 April 2021||Istanbul|
|—||1:04:28 a||Brigid Kosgei (KEN)||8 September 2019||Newcastle|
|2||1:04:31 Mx||Ababel Yeshaneh (ETH)||21 February 2020||Ras al-Khaimah|
|3||1:04:40 Mx||Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH)||4 April 2021||Istanbul|
|4||1:04:49||Brigid Kosgei (KEN)||21 February 2020||Ras al-Khaimah|
|5||1:04:51||Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN)||22 October 2017||Valencia|
|1:04:51 Mx||Hellen Obiri (KEN)||4 April 2021||Istanbul|
|7||1:04:52||Fancy Chemutai (KEN)||9 February 2018||Ras al-Khaimah|
|8||1:04:55||Mary Keitany (KEN)||9 February 2018||Ras al-Khaimah|
|9||1:05:04||Joan Chelimo (KEN)||7 April 2018||Prague|
|10||1:05:06||Peres Jepchirchir (KEN)||10 February 2017||Ras al-Khaimah|
|11||1:05:07||Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui (KEN)||9 February 2018||Ras al-Khaimah|
|12||1:05:09||Florence Kiplagat (KEN)||15 February 2015||Barcelona|
|13||1:05:15||Sifan Hassan (NED)||16 September 2018||Copenhagen|
|14||1:05:18 Wo||Melat Yisak Kejeta (GER)||17 October 2020||Gdynia|
|1:05:18 Mx||Genzebe Dibaba (ETH)||6 December 2020||Valencia|
|16||1:05:22||Violah Jepchumba (KEN)||1 April 2017||Prague|
|17||1:05:32 Wo||Senbere Teferi (ETH)||27 October 2019||Valencia|
|18||1:05:34||Rosemary Wanjiru (KEN)||21 February 2020||Ras al-Khaimah|
|19||1:05:39||Zeineba Yimer (ETH)||17 October 2020||Gdynia|
|Sheila Chepkirui Kiprotich (KEN)||6 December 2020||Valencia|
|21||1:05:45||Netsanet Gudeta (ETH)||8 February 2019||Ras al-Khaimah|
|22||1:05:52||Edith Chelimo (KEN)||1 October 2017||Cardiff|
|23||1:05:57||Birhane Dibaba (ETH)||15 September 2019||Copenhagen|
|24||1:06:00||Tsehay Gemechu (ETH)||20 October 2019||Delhi|
|25||1:06:01||Roza Dereje (ETH)||10 February 2019||Barcelona|
|Evaline Chirchir (KEN)||21 February 2020||Ras al-Khaimah|
Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 1:06:01:
This table lists the best half marathon performances per year since 1970, as recorded by the ARRS.
|1970||1:03:53||Derek Graham (GBR)||Belfast|
|1971||1:05:25||Ron Hill (GBR)||Freckleton||1:23:56||Kathy Gibbons (USA)||Phoenix|
|1972||1:04:23||Víctor Manuel Mora (COL)||Coamo||1:31:55||Nadia Garcia (USA)||San Diego|
|1973||1:05:07||Mario Cuevas (MEX)||Maracaibo|
|1974||1:04:45||Vladimir Merkushin (URS)||Wieze||1:23:11||Chantal Langlacé (FRA)||Ay|
|1975||1:05:08||Paul Angenvoorth (FRG)||Grevenmacher|
|1976||1:03:46||Rafael Pérez (CRC)||Coamo||1:29:43||Rita Borralho (POR)||Nazaré|
|1977||1:02:37||Toshihiro Matsumoto (JPN)||Beppu||1:22:05||Silvana Cruciata (ITA)||Milan|
|1978||1:02:47||Tony Simmons (GBR)||Welwyn Garden City||1:15:04||Marty Cooksey (USA)||San Diego|
|1979||1:02:32||Kirk Pfeffer (USA)||Las Vegas||1:14:03||Patti Catalano (USA)||Manchester|
|1980||1:02:16||Stan Mavis (USA)||New Orleans||1:13:59||Marja Wokke (NED)||The Hague|
|1981||1:01:47||Herb Lindsay (USA)||Manchester||1:11:16||Joan Samuelson (USA)||San Diego|
|1982||1:01:36||Michael Musyoki (KEN)||Philadelphia||1:09:57||Grete Waitz (NOR)||Gothenburg|
|1983||1:01:32||Paul Cummings (USA)||Dayton||1:09:10||Joan Samuelson (USA)||Philadelphia|
|1984||1:01:52||Alberto Cova (ITA)||Milan||1:08:34||Joan Samuelson (USA)||Philadelphia|
|1985||1:00:55||Mark Curp (USA)||Philadelphia||1:09:44||Joan Samuelson (USA)||Philadelphia|
|1986||1:00:43||Michael Musyoki (KEN)||South Shields||1:09:03||Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR)||Drammen|
|1987||1:01:04||Carl Thackery (GBR)||Barnsley||1:06:40||Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR)||Sandnes|
|1988||1:01:00||John Treacy (IRL)||South Shields||1:08:49||Grete Waitz (NOR)||South Shields|
|1989||1:01:10||Matthews Temane (RSA)||Durban||1:08:31||Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR)||New Bedford|
|1990||1:00:34||Steve Moneghetti (AUS)||South Shields||1:09:33||Rosa Mota (POR)||South Shields|
|1991||1:00:51||Moses Tanui (KEN)||Milan||1:07:59||Elana Meyer (RSA)||East London|
|1992||1:00:24||Benson Masya (KEN)||South Shields||1:08:42||Liz McColgan (GBR)||Dundee|
|1993||59:47||Moses Tanui (KEN)||Milan||1:09:35||Valentina Yegorova (RUS)||St Petersburg|
|1994||1:00:02||Benson Masya (KEN)||South Shields||1:07:59||Uta Pippig (GER)||Kyoto|
|1995||1:00:26||Simon Lopuyet (KEN)||Lisbon||1:07:59||Uta Pippig (GER)||Kyoto|
|1996||1:00:31||Paul Koech (KEN)||Ivry-sur-Seine||1:09:15||Nadia Prasad (NCL)||Paris|
|1997||59:56||Shem Kororia (KEN)||Košice||1:07:36||Elana Meyer (RSA)||Kyoto|
|1998||59:17||Paul Tergat (KEN)||Milan||1:07:29||Elana Meyer (RSA)||Kyoto|
|1999||59:22||Paul Tergat (KEN)||Milan||1:06:44||Elana Meyer (RSA)||Tokyo|
|2000||1:00:30||Kenichi Takahashi (JPN)||Tokyo||1:07:07||Paula Radcliffe (GBR)||South Shields|
|2001||59:52||Fabián Roncero (ESP)||Berlin||1:06:47||Paula Radcliffe (GBR)||Bristol|
|2002||59:41||Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)||Lisbon||1:07:19||Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL)||South Shields|
|2003||1:00:01||Hendrick Ramaala (RSA)||South Shields||1:05:39||Paula Radcliffe (GBR)||South Shields|
|2004||59:37||Dejene Berhanu (ETH)||South Shields||1:07:55||Benita Johnson (AUS)||South Shields|
|2005||59:05||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||South Shields||1:07:33||Derartu Tulu (ETH)||South Shields|
|2006||58:55||Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)||Tempe||1:07:16||Edith Masai (KEN)||Berlin|
|2007||58:35||Samuel Wanjiru (KEN)||The Hague||1:06:25||Lornah Kiplagat (NED)||Udine|
|2008||59:15|| Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)|
Deriba Merga (ETH)
| Lisbon |
|1:07:57||Philes Ongori (KEN)||Marugame|
|2009||58:52||Patrick Makau (KEN)||Ras al-Khaimah||1:06:36||Mary Keitany (KEN)||Birmingham|
|2010||58:23||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||Lisbon||1:07:07||Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)||Ras al-Khaimah|
|2011||58:30||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||Lisbon||1:05:50||Mary Keitany (KEN)||Ras al-Khaimah|
|2012||58:47||Atsedu Tsegay (ETH)||Prague||1:06:49||Mary Keitany (KEN)||Ras al-Khaimah|
|2013||58:54||Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN)||Ras al-Khaimah||1:06:09||Lucy Kabuu (KEN)||Ras al-Khaimah|
|2014||58:48||Abraham Cheroben (KEN)||Valencia||1:05:12||Florence Kiplagat (KEN)||Barcelona|
|2015||59:10||Abraham Cheroben (KEN)||Valencia||1:05:09||Florence Kiplagat (KEN)||Barcelona|
|2016||58:44||Solomon Yego (KEN)||Ostia||1:05:51||Violah Jepchumba (KEN)||Prague|
|2017||58:40||Abraham Cheroben (BHR)||Copenhagen||1:04:51||Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN)||Valencia|
|2018||58:18||Abraham Kiptum (KEN)||Valencia||1:04:52||Fancy Chemutai (KEN)||Ras al-Khaimah|
|2019||58:01||Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN)||Copenhagen||1:05:28||Brigid Kosgei (KEN)||Manama|
|2020||57:32||Kibiwott Kandie (KEN)||Valencia||1:04:31||Ababel Yeshaneh (ETH)||Ras al-Khaimah|
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The largest half marathon ever held was Broloppet (the Bridge race) between Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden with 79,719 finishers, held in connection with the Øresund Bridge inauguration in 2000.
In 2017, Harriette Thompson became the oldest woman ever to finish a half-marathon, at age 94 at the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon.
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Mary Jepkosgei Keitany is a Kenyan long distance runner. She is the world record holder in a women-only marathon, having won the 2017 London Marathon in a time of 2:17:01. As of November 2019, she sits third all-time at both the marathon and half marathon.
Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon is an annual half marathon held in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.
The Prague Half Marathon is an annual half marathon road running event which takes place in Spring on the city streets of Prague, Czech Republic, first held in 1999. It is managed by the same organisation that holds the Prague Marathon in May. The race has a loop course, starting and ending in Jan Palach Square near the Rudolfinum, and largely follows the Vltava river. The competition has enjoyed an increasing level of participation, with around 6500 participants in 2009 and almost 8500 runners taking part in the 2010 event.
Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in cross country, marathon, and half marathon races. He was the 2011 World Junior Cross Country Champion. Kamworor won the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships three times in a row from 2014-2018. In the IAAF World Cross Country Championships he won in 2015 and 2017.
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The world record in the half marathon has been officially recognised since 1 January 2004 by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the international governing body for the sport of athletics. A total of five men's world records and six women's world records have been officially ratified since that date. The IAAF officially recognised the fastest times prior to that date as a "world best" from 1 January 2003 onwards. Before that date, the IAAF did not recognise any road running world records, though the concept of a world record was recognised by other organisations, such as the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS).
Joyciline Jepkosgei is a Kenyan female long-distance runner who competes over distances from 10,000 metres to the marathon. She is the current half marathon world record holder in contests with mixed-gender fields with her personal best of 64:51 minutes, and additionally the record holder in the 10 km with 29:43 minutes. She was a bronze medallist over 10,000 m at the African Championships in Athletics in 2016. Jepkosgei ran a pending world record for the half marathon of 1:04:52 at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon in April 2017, becoming the first woman ever to break 65 minutes. She also unofficially broke the IAAF-ratified records for 10 km, 15 km and 20 km along the way, breaking a total of four world records in a single event. She also became the first Kenyan ever to break six world records in six months.
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