Kenyan long distance runner Ruth Chepngetich smashed the World Half Marathon record in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday.
Chepngetich, 26, clocked 1:04:02 at the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon, which was 29 seconds better than the old record.
The 2017 and 2019 champion stretched away from her closest challenger, Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw in the last round of the tight race to cut the tape approximately 38 seconds earlier.
Two-time world 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri was third with a time of 1:04:51.
This year’s edition went down in history as the fastest debut half marathon ever held- three competitors finished inside 65 minutes in one half marathon.
In the men’s category, Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie won the race in a time of 59:35.
Kandie took the lead 12 minutes to the finish line with his fellow countrymen Geoffrey Kamworor and Roncer Kipkorir taking second and third position respectively.
The victories for the Kenyan team attracted congratulatory messages from high-profile government officials and politicians.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga described Chepngetich’s victory as a reminder to the outside world that Kenya is indeed a top marathon powerhouse.
“Your Victory is a reminder to the world that indeed Kenya is a long distance running powerhouse. Thank you once again for flying our flag high. We are proud of you,” Raila said in a tweet.