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One of eight women’s national records was taken down at the World Half Marathon Championships Saturday in Gdynia, Poland. One notable performance was by Turkish athlete Yasemin Can. She finished seventh overall in the time of sixty-six minutes and 20 seconds.
In the end, six women ran under 66 minutes, five more under 68. Sixteen ran under 70 minutes. Eight national records and one (women only) world records were set in the women’s race.
Top three times
Peres Jepchichir 65:16
Melat Kejeta 65:18
Yalemzerf Yehualaw 65:19
The 23-year-old broke the previous record of 67:07 which was held by Elvan Abeylegesse from 2010.
Meanwhile, in men’s race fellow Turkish athlete Aras Kaya finished the race in the time of 1:00:51 for 24th place.
Peres Jepchirchir from Kenya won the women’s race, while 19-year-old Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo won the men’s race.
Jacob Kiplimo – 58:49
Kibiwott Kandie – 58:54
Amedework Walelegn – 59:08