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Kenyan, Hellen Obiri, a two-time Olympic silver medallist in the 5000m event won the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon Sunday with the 10th fastest time in history. She clocked a one-hour, four-minute, and 48-second run to finish more than a minute ahead of her nearest competitor.

Ethiopians Tsehay Gemechu and Bekelech Gudeta finished second and third in 65:65 and 66:35, respectively.

Running with a male pacer, Obiri and Gemechu split 5K in 14:45. This was nearly 62 minute pace. Gudeta and Kenya’s Vicoty Chepngeno were already dropped by this point.

Obiri passed through 15K in 45:27 and then 20K in 61:16. Obiri finished third in 2021. She has run the fifth-fastest performance all-time with her 64:22 clocking from the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon last month.

The men

The men were on pace for a world record through 5K, however, the wind held them back a little. Kenyan Rodgers Kwemoi broke the course record for the win. He finished in the time of 59:15. Fifty seconds back was fellow Kenyan Daniel Mateiko in 60:05. And making it a Kenyan podium sweep, finishing in third place was Emmanuel Bor clocking a 60:20 performance. In fact, the first five were all Kenyan as well as nine of the first 11.

The 24-year-old Kwemoi owns a best that he set last month at the Ras Al Khaimah event with his 58:30 finish time.

Kwemoi is also the 2016 World U20 Champion and Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist. He finished seventh in the event at the Tokyo Olympic Games.


Top results men half marathon

POSNameAffMat TimeFinish
1Rodgers KwemoiKEN0:59:140:59:15
2Daniel MateikoKEN1:00:041:00:05
3Emmanuel BorKEN1:00:191:00:20
4Edmond KipngetichKEN1:00:281:00:30
5Brian KwemoiKEN1:00:481:00:50
6Tegegn TameratETH1:01:141:01:15
7Isaac KipkemboiKEN1:01:381:01:40
8Daniel KiprotichKEN1:01:411:01:43
9Ashenafi KirosETH1:01:421:01:44
10Gerald VincentKEN1:01:451:01:47

Top results women half marathon

POSNameAffMat TimeFinish
1Hellen ObiriKEN1:04:471:04:48
2Tsehay GemechuETH1:05:511:05:52
3Bekelech GudetaETH1:06:331:06:35
4Vicoty ChepngenoKEN1:06:561:06:58
5Yasemin CanTUR1:07:551:07:57
6Medhin GebreslassieETH1:08:251:08:27
7Stella RuttoROU1:08:281:08:29
8Nigsti HaftuETH1:08:301:08:32
9Pauline EsikonKEN1:09:081:09:11
10Teshome, AyinadisETH1:09:191:09:21