Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat won the 27th edition the Barcelona Half Marathon for the fourth time on Sunday (12) in Madrid, Spain.
Kiplagat could not regain his world record of distance, but managed to cut the tape in 1:08.15, to sign his fourth consecutive victory in the Catalan city.
The winner stayed about three minutes from the record achieved on Friday in the Arab emirate of Ras El Kaimah by his countryman of 23 years Peres Chepchirchir, of 1:05:06 hours but Kiplagat – who broke the world record at this race in 2014 and 2015 – had stated before the race that she was not targeting a world record.
The second place went to Ethiopian Kuma Dibaba with a time of 1:09.49 and third was the Portuguese Jessica Augusto with 1:10.36, USA Sarah Hall came fourth with 1:11.19 and to complete the top five was Ireland’s Fionnuala Mc Cormack with 1:11.35.
Before the race when she was asked about Jepchichir’s record she said, I’m happy for her and in future we will try to break the record because records are there to be broken.”
1. Florence Kiplagat (KEN) :08.15
2. Kuma Dibaba (ETH) 1:09.49
3. Jéssica Augusto (POR) 1:10.36
4. Sara Hall (US) 1: 11.19
5. Fionnuala Mc Cormack (IRL) 1:11.35