The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships is an biannual (from 1992 - 2010 annual) kilometres race which had its inaugural event held in 2006 in Debrecen, Hungary. After a second edition of the Road Running Championships, which was over the half marathon distance, it reverted to the original name of the World Half Marathon Championships.half marathon competition organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. It was contested from 1992 to 2005, and replaced by the IAAF World Road Running Championships, a 20
A half marathon is a road running event of 21.0975 km —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. 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.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics. It was founded on 17 July 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation by representatives from 17 national athletics federations at the organization's first congress in Stockholm, Sweden. Since October 1993, it has been headquartered in Monaco.
Debrecen is Hungary's second largest city after Budapest. It is the regional center of the Northern Great Plain region and the seat of Hajdú-Bihar county. It was the largest Hungarian city in the 18th century and it is one of the Hungarian people's most important cultural centres. Debrecen was also the capital city of Hungary during the revolution in 1848–1849. During the revolution, the dethronement of the Habsburg dynasty was declared in the Reformed Great Church. The city also served as the capital of Hungary by the end of the World War II in 1944–1945. It is home of the University of Debrecen.
The competition replaced the female-only IAAF World Women's Road Race Championships, which was held annually from 1983 to 1991.
The IAAF World Women's Road Race Championships was an annual international athletics championship in road running organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. It was contested from 1983-1991, before being replaced by the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 1992, an event for both men and women.
|Year||Edition||City||Country||Date||No. of athletes||No. of nations|
|1992||1st ()||Newcastle upon Tyne||United Kingdom||19–20 September||204||36|
|1993||2nd ()||Brussels||Belgium||3 October||254||49|
|1994||3rd ()||Oslo||Norway||24 September||215||47|
|1995||4th ()||Montbéliard–Belfort||France||1 October||247||54|
|1996||5th ()||Palma de Mallorca||Spain||29 September||209||53|
|1997||6th ()||Košice||Slovakia||3 October||228||45|
|1998||7th ()||Zürich||Switzerland||27 September||236||54|
|1999||8th ()||Palermo||Italy||3 October||193||48|
|2000||9th ()||Veracruz||Mexico||12 November||182||52|
|2001||10th ()||Bristol||United Kingdom||7 October||202||52|
|2002||11th ()||Brussels||Belgium||5 May||201||60|
|2003||12th ()||Vilamoura||Portugal||4 October||171||49|
|2004||13th ()||New Delhi||India||3 October||152||55|
|2005||14th ()||Edmonton||Canada||1 October||156||43|
|2006||15th ()||Debrecen||Hungary||8 October||141||42 (20 km race)|
|2007||16th ()||Udine||Italy||14 October||148||41|
|2008||17th ()||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||12 October||157||43|
|2009||18th ()||Birmingham||United Kingdom||11 October||158||39|
|2010||19th ()||Nanning||China||16 October||123||30|
|2012||20th ()||Kavarna||Bulgaria||6 October||147||42|
|2014||21st ()||Copenhagen||Denmark||29 March||201||56|
|2016||22nd ()||Cardiff||United Kingdom||26 March||174||49|
|2018||23rd ()||Valencia||Spain||24 March||279||80|
|2020||24th ()||Gdynia||Poland||29 March||TBD||TBD|
The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships was first held in 1992. It comprised three races: the men's race, the women's race and the junior men's race. Furthermore, a team competition was held in each category, with the winners being decided by combining the performances of a country's top three finishers. The country with the lowest aggregate time won the team competition. The junior men's race was held in only the first and second editions, and was removed from the programme from 1994 onwards.
The competition went largely unchanged until 2006, when the competition was renamed as the IAAF World Road Running Championships. Aside from the name change, the significant difference was the distance of the race, changing from a half marathon to a 20 kilometres road race. The 20 km race featured only at the 2006 edition, and the half marathon distance returned for the 2007 World Road Running Championships.
The 1st IAAF World Road Running Championships were held in Debrecen, Hungary on 8 October 2006, the women's race starting at 11:00 and the men's race at 13:00. This was the first time the title of World Road Running Champion had been competed for, with this competition replacing the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in the international sporting calendar. 140 athletes from 39 nations took part in the two races.
The 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships were held in Udine, Italy on 14 October 2007. Detailed reports on the event and an appraisal of the results were given both for the men's race and for the women's race.
On 29 November 2007, the IAAF announced that the name of the competition would revert to its original title of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, beginning with the 2008 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 12 October 2008.
The 2008 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 12 October 2008.
Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's third-most populous state. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape.
Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 208 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the fifth most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populated city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states, the Federal District, and the 5,570 municipalities. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas; it is also one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world.
This competition should not to be confused with the IAAF World Women's Road Race Championships which were run from 1983 to 1991, or the IAAF World Road Relay Championships which took place between 1992 and 1998.
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The competition is generally held every October. Runners compete on public roads which have been closed off to traffic specifically for the event. Prize money varies from US$30,000 to US$3000.
|2006 (20 km)||56:01||56:41||57:15|
Ronaldo da Costa
Delmir dos Santos
Carlos de la Torre
José Manuel García
Peter Kiplagat Chebet
Phaustin Baha Sulle
Paul Malakwen Kosgei
Fabiano Joseph Naasi
John Cheruiyot Korir
John Cheruiyot Korir
Wilson Kiprotich Kebenei
|2006 (20 km)|
Wilson Kiprotich Kebenei
Patrick Makau Musyoki
Stephen Kipkoech Kibiwott
Ahmad Hassan Abdullah
Essa Ismail Rashed
Ali Dawoud Sedam
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich
Wilson Kwambai Chebet
John Nzau Mwangangi
Pius Maiyo Kirop
Stephen Kosgei Kibet
Kenneth Kiprop Kipkemoi
|2006 (20 km)||1:03:21 WR||1:03:23||1:03:47|
Ana Isabel Alonso
María Luisa Larraga
|2006 (20 km)|
Julia Mumbi Muraga
Caroline Cheptanui Kilel
Paskalia Chepkorir Kipkoech
Pauline Njeri Kahenya
Mary Wacera Ngugi
Selly Chepyego Kaptich
Cynthia Jerotich Limo
Mary Wacera Ngugi
†: In 2009, the team from Russia was initially ranked 3rd (3:31:23), but fell behind Japan after the disqualification of Inga Abitova. Her competition results were annulled, beginning October 10, 2009, because of breaking anti-doping regulations.
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