It was an exciting day of competition at the IAAF/Al-Bank World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen on Saturday, with Kenyan 21-year-old phenom Geoffrey Kipsang winning the men’s race in a time of 59:07 and compatriot Gladys Cherono taking gold in the women’s race with a time of 67:28 (the fifth-fastest time ever at the World Half Marathon Championships).
Kenyan runners dominated the women’s race, capturing each of the top five spots on their way to a team gold medal. Mary Wacera Ngugi finished second to Cherono and Selly Chepyego Kaptich finished in third, the latter only 23 seconds behind the winner. Ethiopia captured the team silver and Japan the bronze.
In contrast with Kenya’s dominance in the women’s race, things were a bit closer on the men’s side of things. Thanks to a personal-best performance by Samuel Tsegay and a strong race by five-time champion Zersenay Tadese, who finished in fourth, the Eritrean men’s team upset the Kenyan squad to claim the team title. Ethiopia, led by Guye Adola, took home the team bronze.
[Source: Lets Run]