24 May

Kenyans Taste Swede Success

Gothenburg Half

The 38th running of the world’s largest half marathon took place in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday (20 May). With 42,281 finishers at Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon, the top steps were once again dominated by Kenyan athletes.

Geoffrey Yegon claimed victory, finishing in 1:00:19. Amos Kipruto secured second in 1:00:24 with Leonard Langat completing the podium in 01:00:33. Yegon felt he could have gone faster, saying after the race: “It was too windy and hot…. and I think I could have done better.”

Fancy Chemutai, just 22 years old and only in her second race over the distance, took top honours in the women’s event in 1:07:58, breaking the course record by three seconds. Closely following was Violah Jepchumba (01:08:10), with Margaret Agai (1:09:43) rounding off a Kenyan top three.

Spectators flocked to cheer on the runners, with over 200,000 lining the course and enjoying the unusually hot Swedish spring. Over 50 bands and musical performers entertained spectators, adding to the carnival atmosphere of the event.

runABC’s Alex Osborne was in Gothenburg to take part in the event for the first time. He commented: “Gothenburg was an amazingly friendly city from the hospitality of the locals in the bars on Friday night, to the thousands of people along the route – even the guys handing out beer at the 15km mark. It’s easy to see why this event has become one of the world’s largest mass participation events. The friendliness of the city and the event is second to none.”

Highlights of the route included two crossings of the Göta Älv River over the large suspension Älvsborg Bridge, past the marina, before returning over the Göta Älv Bridge and heading back into the city to finish.

Alex, crossing the line in 1:31:43, added: “I was disappointed in my time given how my training had gone, but as the results list me as first Scot, I’d say I’m happy with that! Others on the results are listed as British.”

To celebrate Gothenburg's 400th anniversary, the city will host Göteborgsvarvet Marathon on 19 September 2021. To register go here.

Full results are available on our race listings page.