SPORT– Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo broke the world record at the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon On Sunday (21) , clocking 57:31 at the World Athletic Label Road Race.
The world athletic marathon champions won by more than two minutes and took one second off the previous world record set by Kenya’s Kibiwotti kandie in Valencia last year.
Kiplimo, who finished third in the 10,000m & fifth in the 5000m at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year, passed through the first 5km in 13:40, having already dropped the rest of the Field.
By the time he reached 10km in 27:05, he had a lead of about one minutes over the chase pack & was on schedule to break Kandie’s world record.
Kiplimo passed through 15km in 40:27, fastest time ever recorded for the distance & indicative of a sub- 57-minute finish. With no nearby competitors to work off, Kiplimo’s pace dropped slightly in the world record, crossing the line in 57:31.
Ethiopia’s Esa Huseyidin Mohamed finished second in 59:39, just ahead of compatrior Gerba Beyata Dibaba, who was given the same time for third place. The top nine men all finished inside 60minutes.
The women’s race was a close affair as Ethiopia’s Tsehay Gemechu won 1:06:06 from Kenya’s Diasy Cherotich (1:07:15) & Joyce Chepkemoi(1:06:19).