Messages of Hongera (congratulation) are pouring in for World marathon queen Ruth Chepngetich for winning the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon, a World Athletics Elite Label road race, in the Turkish national capital of Istanbul yesterday.
Chepngetich delivered the perfect Easter gift to her country Kenya and Africa at large when she ran an astonishing 1:04:02, breaking the existing world half marathon record time of 1:04:31, on Easter Sunday.
According to a worldathletics.org report, the 26-year-old Kenyan marathoner, “broke away from Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw in the final stages to win by 38 seconds. Two-time world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri was third in 1:04:51 – the fastest debut half marathon in history.
“It’s the first time three women have finished inside 65 minutes in one half marathon.” However, a record breaker this time.
Ruth Chepngetich was the winner of this race in 2017 and 2019.
Former Prime Minister of Kenya, His Excellency Raila Odinga wrote on twitter to congratulate Ruth on her achievement and aslo reiterated that the East Africa nation is a marathon powerhouse.
“Congratulations Ruth Chepngetich on breaking the Women’s Half Marathon World Record in Istanbul.
Your victory is a reminder to the world that indeed Kenya is a distance running powerhouse. Thank you for once again flying our flag high. We are proud of you.
Hongera!” the former Kenyan leader said.
1 Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 1:04:02
2 Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH) 1:04:40
3 Hellen Obiri (KEN) 1:04:51
4 Joan Chelimo Melly (KEN) 1:05:09
5 Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 1:06:01
6 Hiwot Gebrekidan (ETH) 1:06:47
7 Bekelech Gudeta (ETH) 1:06:54
8 Alia Saeed Mohammed (UAE) 1:07:31
9 Melat Kejeta (GER) 1:07:33
10 Yasemin Can (TUR) 1:08:32