Ethiopia's Gudeta breaks women's half marathon record in Spain

Geoffrey Kamworor on Saturday won his third consecutive IAAF World Half Marathon title in 1:00:02 in Valencia Spain

Ethiopia's Sutume Asefa Kebede and Kenya's Felix Kibitok took the honours at the 47th edition of the Stramilano Half Marathon held in the centre of Milan with the start and finish in Piazza Castello today.

Geoffrey Kamworor on Saturday delivered his promise by winning his third consecutive IAAF World Half Marathon title in a time of 1:00:02 at the Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain.

Eslwhere, Netsanet Kebede of Ethiopia broke the women's-only world with a time of 1:06:11 to win the women category.

Meanwhile, Fred Musobo was Uganda's best performer as he crossed the finish line in a personal best time of 1:01:38 to finish 20th.

The women's team title also went to Ethiopia with Kenya having been hit numerically after two athletes, mary Wacera and Fancy Chemutai withdrew from the race on Thursday.

The front-running Kamworor took control of the race from early on and pulled away from the rest of the pack after the 15km mark.


The 25-year-old King of the Half Marathon reportedly split the second 10,000m of the race in 27:46, which included a 13:01 5000m between 15,000m and 20,000m.

Kenyan-born and Bahrain's Abraham Cheroben fought his way back for second place to finish in 60:22 ahead of Eritrean Aron Kifle, who finished nine seconds back in a personal best.

Jepkosgei led the pack to a 15:39 split in the first five kilometres as the race seemed to be well within world record pace, the leading pack whittling down to five.

Jepkosgei clocked 1:06:54 at second while Kaveke finished the race in a new Personal best time of 1:06:56.

The previous record for a single-sex race was set by Lornah Kiplagat in Udine, Italy in 2007.

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