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Kiplagat smashes own half-marathon WR!

KIPLAGAT-WRBARCELONA, February 15- Competing in the same race in which she broke the world record last year, Florence Kiplagat improved on her own half-marathon mark at the Mitja Marató de Barcelona on Sunday (15).*

Her winning time of 1:05:09 shaved three seconds off her previous world record set 12 months ago. She also set world records* for 15km and 20km en route to her winning performance.

In contrast to the wind and rain battering much of the rest of Spain, Kiplagat’s bid to improve her record on the fast and flat course in the Catalan city benefited hugely by almost perfect conditions, with slightly overcast skies and temperatures hovering about 10 degrees Celsius.

Helped by male pacemakers Marc Roig and her compatriot Ezekiel Kipchirchir, she passed through 5km in 15:38 and 10km in 31:01, eight seconds up on her pace from last year.

After overing the next five kilometre section in 15:12, she passed 15km in 46:14, 14 seconds inside Tirunesh Dibaba’s world record for the distance.

The former world half-marathon and world cross-country champion slowed slightly in the final five kilometres, covering it 20 seconds slower than she did last year, but was still on world record pace.

Kiplagat passed 20km in 1:01:54 which took three seconds off that world record* for the distance, which she also set in the same race last year as an intermediate time, before hanging on to add a second world record and finishing 12th overall in the race.

Ireland’s Elizabeth Lee was a distant second in the women’s race in 1:14:06.

Switzerland’s Tadesse Abraham was a surprise winner of the men’s race in a national record of 1:00:42.

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Abraham held off the Ethiopian pair of Getu Feleke and Azmerew Mengistu, who were second and third in 1:00:45 and 1:00:48 respectively.

Two of the pre-race long favourites, Kenya’s two-time world marathon champion Abel Kirui and marathon star Emmanuel Mutai, did not fare so well. Kirui came home sixth in 1:01:22 while Mutai had a day to forget and finished eighth in 1:03:13.

In fact, with good weather and long straight stretches over the final five kilometres, Kiplagat will have been able to see the second-fastest marathon runner ever a few hundred metres in the distance during the final stages of her world record run.

The organisers said that approximately 15,000 runners, more than 25% of which were women, took part in Sunday’s race.

*Subject to the usual ratification procedures

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  1. justin

    February 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Get well soon,Mheshimiwa John.You made our rides in matatus comfortable.When you said passengers will be travelling like tourists,nobody believed you but we saw it for ourselves.Thank you and once again get well soon.

  2. Manoti88

    February 21, 2012 at 5:46 am

    get well we love you much

    • Zombie Analytics

      February 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      do you really mean that?

      • justin

        February 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

        Who hates John?And for what reason?

  3. Vickacky

    February 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

    it shows we need to elect young energetic leaders..somebody like Michuki is getting too old now.

    • Ladybird

      February 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      old is gold….. among all ”energetics”, who saw that Kenyans were suffering when riding in public means? get well soon mheshimiwa we love you much!

      • justin

        February 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

        These young people don’t like Michuki because it was good business stealing from overloaded vehicles.And that was their work.With passengers standing,it was easy to frisk pockets

    • Rudebwoi

      February 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      They think they will stay in these positions forever….

  4. Zombie Analytics

    February 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Die soon you tribal goosling thing blah blah blah… Nobody will miss you.

    • Pratt

      February 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Wow! And if it were merchants of deceit, same venom?

  5. JNM

    February 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Wish u quick recovery so that you can go back to your job.  Environment ministry needs you.  Your constituents also needs you Sir.  Rogue road contractors are messing your reputation on the road projects you started.  Get well soon

    • Truth Sayer

      February 22, 2012 at 4:16 am

      the old fart is dead, now what do you say? That Kenya lacks anyone else who can serve the Environment Ministry and Kangema?

  6. I_ndanga

    February 22, 2012 at 5:44 am

    we have lost a treasure

  7. Lillylaw

    February 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

    RIP mzee….

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