Posted by: Joe English | October 15, 2008

Racing: Tadese and Kiplagat win 2008 World Half Marathon Championships

Zersenay Tadese wins 08 World Half Marathon Championship

Zersenay Tadese wins 08 World Half Marathon Championship

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Zersenay Tadese of Ethiopia and Lorna Kiplagat of the Netherlands won World Half Marathon Championship titles which were held in conjunction with the 2008 Rio de Janeiro Half Marathon this weekend. For Tadese it was his third straight victory, while Kiplagat defended her title for the second straight year.

Both runners won their races by wide-margins, with Tadese leading the overall race from the 5KM mark all the way through to the finish. Tadese won the race in 59:56 with his next closest finisher coming in nearly two minutes behind him in 1:01:54. Kiplagat bested her next closest finisher by one and a half-minutes, finishing in 1:08:37 with second place finishing in 1:09:57.

Half-marathon world record holder Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya did not race at the world championships. He decided several weeks ago that he needed more recovery from his Gold Medal performance at the Beijing Olympic Games before competing again.

Tadese won the first prize of US$30,000 in a time of 59:56, with 2007 silver medallist Patrick Makau Musyoki second in 1:01:54, anb Qatar’s Ahmad Hassan Abdullah, the 2004 bronze medallist, taking third (1:01:57).

In the women’s race, world record holder Kiplagat won in a season’s fastest of 1:08:37 ahead of Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia who lowered her personal best with a time of 1:09:57. Kenya’s Pamela Chepchumba finished third in 1:10:01.

You can read a complete write-up of the men’s race from the IAAF by clicking here.

For a write-up of the women’s race, click here.

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