In his first race at the distance, Kenya’s Leonard Komon won the Berlin Half Marathon on Sunday in 59:14, good enough to set a new world record for the fastest time in a half marathon debut.
The previous record of 59:20 was set by Moses Mosop on 2010.
After the race, Komon said that while he was pleased with his record-setting performance, he wishes he could have broken the course record of 58:56 (set by Kenya’s Patrick Makau in 2007):
“I am happy with my performance in my debut race. Of course I ran longer distances in training, but there is always a difference between training and competition. I thought I would be able to run sub 59 minutes. It was a challenge, but at the end there was something missing. But I know what to do and will try to run such a time in my next half marathon.”
Kenyan runners took 14 of the top 15 places in the men’s race, with Germany’s Andre Pollmächer breaking up the sweep by finishing in 13th.
Tadelech Bekele won the women’s race, edging out Agnes Mutune by eight seconds.
Tags: Half Marathon