The reigning World 5000m Champion and multiple Kenyan record holder, Hellen Onsando Obiri, Sunday, rewrote the history books at the World Half Marathon that was held in Istanbul, Turkey.
The 31 year old runner became the first woman in history to smash multiple records for the half marathon.
After clocking 1:04:51 in Istanbul today, the fastest half marathon debut ever, @hellen_obiri becomes the first woman in history to break:
– 4:00 for 1500m
– 8:30 for 3000m
– 14:30 for 5000m
– 30:00 for 10km
– 65:00 for the half marathon” averred World Athletics on twitter.
Obiri clocked 1:04:51 to finish third on her maiden appearance in the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon, a World Athletics Elite Label road race, in the Turkish national capital of Istanbul on Easter Sunday.
The race was eventually won by Hellen’s fellow countrywoman Ruth Chepngetich who also broke the World Half Marathon record with a stunning time of 1:04:02 – 29 seconds less than the previous world record.
Obiri’s time (1:04:51) is the fastest debut half marathon in history, the World Athletics noted.
Hellen is a Kenyan middle-distance runner and the current 5000 metres champion after winning gold in the 2017 World Championships in London. She successfully defended the title at the 2019 World Championships, in Doha, setting a new championship record.
Obiri is also the silver medalist from the 2016 Summer Olympics over the same distance (5000 metres). She won the 3000 metres race event at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey and is the holder of the Kenyan National Record for the mile, 3000 metres and 5000 metres events.