Joyciline Jepkosgei clocked 64:51 to improve her own world half-marathon record by one second at the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Half Marathon in Spain on Sunday, October 22.
The 23-year-old, who ran a world 10km record of 29:43 in Prague in September, was paced by her fellow Kenyan Ezekiel Kemboi through 5km in 14:52 and was still ahead of world record pace as she went through 10km in 30:09.
She went through the 15km mark in 45:59 but passed 20km in 61:30 before a strong finish saw her narrowly beat her previous best.
“It was my first race in Valencia, I enjoyed it a lot. The weather is nice, the circuit is perfect to run fast,” the IAAF quoted Jepkosgei as saying. “I hope to come back in March for the World Half Marathon Championships.”
Fancy Chemutai and Lucy Cheruiyot completed a Kenyan clean sweep of the podium places, clocking a 65:38 PB and 67:30 respectively.
The men’s race was won by Bahrain’s Abraham Cheroben in 59:11.
Ethiopia’s Leul Gebresilase and Tsadik Fikadu Moen were second and third with respective PB times of 59:17 and 59:21.