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The first weekend of September 2020 has proven to be a big deal in the sport of athletics. Friday, Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan and Englishman Mo Farah each broke the world one-hour record at the Brussels Diamond League meet. Over at the Muller British Championships, national records were being set. Saturday, the highly anticipated half-marathon in Prague provided a world record too.
Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir on Saturday broke the world record for a women’s only half marathon, stopping the clock at one-hour, five minutes, and 34 seconds.
The performance bettered the old record by 37 seconds and stood at 1:06:11. It was set by Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta at the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia.
Kibiwott Kandie of Kenya failed to break the benchmark of 58:30 – that was his goal – but he came close with a very strong performance of 58:37. His personal best was 58:58, which he set in winning the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in February 2020.
The world record is owned by Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor 58:01 set in 2019 in Copenhagen.
Kandie’s ran the fifth-fastest half-marathon ever behind Abraham Kiptum (58:18), Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese (58:23) and the last Samuel Wanjiru (58:33).