Kamworor smashes World Half Marathon record in Copenhagen

By Joel Omotto On Sun, 15 Sep, 2019 14:19 | < 1 min read
Geoffrey Kamworor
Geoffrey Kamworor took 17 seconds off the world record at the Copenhagen Half Marathon on Sunday, September 15, 2019. PHOTO | FILE.
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    Copenhagen is a course familiar to Kamworor as it is where he won the first of his three world half marathon titles and the victory puts him in good stead as he eyes victory at the New York Marathon on November 3.

    There were seven Kenyans in the top 10 in Copenhagen as Edwin Kiptoo, Amos Kurgat, Philemon Kiplimo and Shadrack Koech clinched positions four, five, six and seven respectively with Alfred Barkach 10th.

Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor shaved off 17 seconds from World Half Marathon record after clocking 57:59 in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday.

In a race dominated by Kenyans, the three-time world half marathon champion shrugged off stiff competition from compatriot Bernard Ngeno, who finished second (59:14), Ethiopian Berehamu Tsegu, third in 59:20, to win the race in a world record time, lowering the 58:18 set by another Kenyan Abraham Kiptum in Valencia, Spain in 2018.

The Danish capital is the scene of his first of three world half-marathon titles but the record he broke, 58:18, was set by Abraham Kiptum in Valencia, Barcelona in 2018.

His victory puts him in good stead as he eyes victory at the New York Marathon on November 3.

There were seven Kenyans in the top 10 in Copenhagen as Edwin Kiptoo, Amos Kurgat, Philemon Kiplimo and Shadrack Koech clinched positions four, five, six and seven respectively with Alfred Barkach 10th.

Ethiopian Birhane Adugna won the women’s race in 1:05:57 ahead of Kenya’s Evaline Chirchir (1:06:22), Dorcas Tuitoek (1:06:36) and Brillian Kipkoech (1:07:12) who claimed second, third and fourth positions.