Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich smashed the world half-marathon record on Sunday, clocking a time of 1 hour, 04 minutes and 02 seconds at the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon to shave 29 seconds off the old mark.
The 26-year-old, a winner in 2017 and 2019, sprinted away from Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw across the final stages of the race to win by 38 seconds.
Kenyan Hellen Obiri a two-time world 5,000m champion finished third with a time of 1:04:51 — the fastest debut half marathon in history — to mark the first time three women finished inside 65 minutes in one half-marathon.
Kibiwott Kandie of Kenya won the men’s race in a time of 59:35.
Kandie, who set the world record in Valencia last year, raced into the lead with…