Ed Cheserek dominated clocking a fast fifty-nine minutes and 11 seconds. He was followed in by Bernard Koech two seconds behind for a Kenyan 1-2 finish. Ethiopian Gemechu Dida broke up a potential Kenyan sweep taking third in 59:31. Six of the top eight finishers were Kenyan. With Ethiopians finishing in third and seventh position. If it was a dual meet, like cross-country, it was over before it started.
Koech, who is preparing for the Amsterdam Marathon happening October 15. Perhaps he still has marathon training in his legs and wasn’t fresh for the race.
🇬🇧 Emile Cairess finishes 20sec outside his PB with 60:52 at the Copenhagen Half Marathon in Denmark. pic.twitter.com/Z87KQQ0l5e— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) September 17, 2023
For the 29-year-old Cheserek it was a new personal best and first time under 60 minutes. His best going into the race was 60:13 from last October’s Valencia Half Marathon. For the 24-year-old Dida it was also a pb race. He previously has run as fast as 59:53 legally and 59:21 in Rome, on an ineligible course.
Emile Cairess was the top non East African, from Great Britain clocking in at 1:00:52 for 10th.
The world record is 57:31 by Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo.
Irine Cheptai took the win in the time of one hour, five minutes and 53 seconds. She was followed in by Winfridah Moseti who clocked a 1:06:40 finish. Forty-three seconds back was Jesca Chelangat for third, and to complete the podium sweep. Four of the top five and five of the top seven were Kenyan. Ethiopia’s Haw Feysa took fourth in 1:07:18, while Norway’s Karoline Njerkei Grøvdalwas sixth. Viola Cheptoo (1:07:24) and Gladys Chepkurui (1:07:52) finished fifth and seventh, respectively.
Strong day in 2023 #cphhalf for our team with @one4onesports – Irine Cheptai, after long period of injury, wins in 1:05:53 PB / Viola Cheptoo is 5th in 1:07:24 / Bernard Koech oh-so-close 2nd in 59:13 / Kennedy Kimutai DNF. #run #running #sport #sports #HalfMarathon pic.twitter.com/CwYfCVSynr— Ikaika Sports (@IkaikaSports) September 17, 2023
The women’s race was a close battle between the Kenyans and Ethiopians.
Feysa, was running well for most of the race, but faded late to miss out on the podium. She led from the gun.
The world record is held by Ethiopian at 1:02:52 by Letesenbet Gidey in a mixed race, while the women’s only world record is 1:05:16 by Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir.
TOP-25 RESULTS WOMEN
|1||Irine Cheptai||KEN||1:05:53||3:08 min/km|
|2||Winfridah Moseti||KEN||1:06:40||3:10 min/km|
|3||Jesca Chelangat||KEN||1:07:03||3:11 min/km|
|4||Hawi Feysa||ETH||1:07:18||3:12 min/km|
|5||Viola Cheptoo||KEN||1:07:24||3:12 min/km|
|6||Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal||NOR||1:07:34||3:13 min/km|
|7||Gladys Chepkurui||KEN||1:07:52||3:13 min/km|
|8||Sarah Chelangat||UGA||1:07:59||3:14 min/km|
|9||Aminet Ahmed||ETH||1:08:01||3:14 min/km|
|10||Susan Chembai||KEN||1:09:16||3:17 min/km|
|11||Alem Nigussie||ETH||1:09:19||3:18 min/km|
|12||Cynthia Kosgei||KEN||1:09:32||3:18 min/km|
|13||Emily Chebet||KEN||1:09:33||3:18 min/km|
|14||Zewditu Aderaw||ETH||1:09:41||3:19 min/km|
|15||Tsige Haileslase||ETH||1:09:57||3:19 min/km|
|16||Paskalia Jepkogei||KEN||1:10:07||3:20 min/km|
|17||Lily Partridge||GBR||1:10:36||3:21 min/km|
|18||Selam Fente||ETH||1:10:42||3:22 min/km|
|19||Rebecca Lonedo||ITA||1:10:57||3:22 min/km|
|20||Mhairi Maclennan||GBR||1:11:18||3:23 min/km|
|21||Chloé Herbiet||BEL||1:11:20||3:23 min/km|
|22||Matea Parlov Kostro||CRO||1:11:53||3:25 min/km|
|23||Beatric Mutai||KEN||1:12:38||3:27 min/km|
|24||Philippa Bowden||GBR||1:12:39||3:27 min/km|
|25||Sara Nestola||ITA||1:12:48||3:28 min/km|
TOP-25 RESULTS MEN
|1||Ed Cheserek||KEN||0:59:11||2:49 min/km|
|2||Bernard Koech||KEN||0:59:13||2:49 min/km|
|3||Gemechu Dida||ETH||0:59:31||2:50 min/km|
|4||Patrick Mosin||KEN||0:59:35||2:50 min/km|
|5||Bravin Kiprop||KEN||0:59:40||2:50 min/km|
|6||Isaac Kipkemboi||KEN||0:59:54||2:51 min/km|
|7||Gerba Dibaba||ETH||1:00:10||2:52 min/km|
|8||Solomon Kirwa||KEN||1:00:25||2:52 min/km|
|9||Haftamu Gebresalase||ETH||1:00:34||2:53 min/km|
|10||Emile Cairess||GBR||1:00:52||2:54 min/km|
|11||Senay Fissehatsion||ERI||1:00:55||2:54 min/km|
|12||Hillary Kipcoech||KEN||1:00:57||2:54 min/km|
|13||Zerei Kbrom||NOR||1:00:59||2:54 min/km|
|14||Abebaw Muniye||ETH||1:01:06||2:54 min/km|
|15||Richard Kimunyan||KEN||1:01:35||2:56 min/km|
|16||Emmanuel Bor||KEN||1:01:46||2:56 min/km|
|17||Kiros Ashenafi||ETH||1:01:51||2:56 min/km|
|18||Athanas Kioko||KEN||1:02:00||2:57 min/km|
|19||Brian Kiptoo||KEN||1:02:10||2:57 min/km|
|20||Diego Estrada||USA||1:02:11||2:57 min/km|
|21||Mogos Tuemau||ETH||1:02:50||2:59 min/km|
|22||Victor Kipruto Togom||KEN||1:03:19||3:01 min/km|
|23||Michael Gras||FRA||1:03:20||3:01 min/km|
|24||Andreas Vojta||AUT||1:03:31||3:01 min/km|
|25||Jacob Sommer Simonsen||DEN||1:03:40||3:02 min/km|