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The women’s world half-marathon record fell Friday, Feb. 21 at the RAK Half Marathon on Al Marjan Island in the Arabian Gulf.

Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh won in the time of 64:31, beating defending world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya by 18 seconds. The two performances are faster than the previous world record, held by Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya at 64:51. The third place finisher was Kenyan Rosemary Wanjiru in 65:34 – it wasn’t even close.

Kosgei owns the world marathon record at 2:14:04, which she set in Chicago 2019.

In the men’s race, Kenyan Kibiwott Kandie ran a new personal best time of 58:58, to defeat three-time World Athletics Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor also of Kenya, who crossed the finish line in 59:16.  Ethiopian Mule Wasihun finished third in the time of 59:47.

The top non-African was Julien Wanders of Switzerland who finished in the time of 60:46.

Kamworor own the world half-marathon record time of 58:01 from Sept. 2019 in Denmark.

Results are available, here>>