19 Feb

Kiplagat Sets Half Marathon WR

Florence KiplagatKenya’s Florence Kiplagat sliced 38 seconds off the previous half marathon world record to finish first at the Mitja Marató de Barcelona on Sunday (16 February). Kiplagat’s time of 1:05:12 saw her dominate the race from start to finish, and manage an impressive fourth place overall.

She passed 10k in 31:08, more than a minute faster than her official personal best for the distance in a 10km race, but 23 seconds off Mary Keitany's world record pace 3 years ago. Kiplagat, however, set a ferocious tempo for the remainder of the race, completing 15k in 46:35 and passing 20k in 1:01:56 (which stands as a world record).

Her winning time was more than a minute faster than her previous PB of 1:06:38, set in 2012 at the Rome-Ostia race. Kiplagat commented: “This is a not a day I will forget, I’m so happy! The circuit was very fast and I really want to thank my pace makers, Marc Roig and Stanley Siroro, they did a great job. I felt so well from the beginning and the weather was perfect, so I had the feeling that this could be a special day.”

It turned out to be a thoroughly successful day for Kenyan running as Eliud Kipchoge managed to defend his title to win the men’s race in 1:00:52. The former 5000m world champion finished ahead Laban Mutai and Peter Emase, who took second and third place respectively.