Netsanet Gudeta Kebede of Ethiopia broke the women's-only race world record* in the half marathon today, clocking 1:06:11 at the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018.
Gudeta's performance shattered the previous record of 1:06:25 for a single-sex race set by Lornah Kiplagat at the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships in Udine, Italy.
Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya, the pre-race favourite, passed her teammate in the final two kilometres to finish second in 1:06:54, 43 seconds behind Gudeta.
Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya won the men's race in equally dominating fashion clocking 1:00:02 to win his third successive title. Kamworor broke away from a large pack just after 15 kilometres and was never challenged. Abraham Cheroben of Bahrain was second in 1:00:22 and Aron Kifle of Eritrea taking the bronze in 1:00:31.
A full report from Valencia to follow.
*Subject to the usual ratification procedures