Kenya’s Felix Kipkoech ran a world lead time at the 40th edition of the Generali Berlin Half Marathon that was held early Sunday morning in Berlin, Germany.
Kipkoech clocked the fastest time in 2021 when he won the Siena Half Marathon in Italy with a time of 59:35 in February. This mark fell in Berlin as he beat the race favorites Philemon Kiplimo, who came carrying personal best of 58:11 that he got in Valencia.
Kipkoech was targeting to lower the race course record of 58:42 that was set in 2019 by Eric Kiptanui but finished 16 seconds less forcing him to cross the line in new personal best and world lead of 58:57.
Kipkoech led a Kenyan 1-2-3 podium finish as Josphat Tanui and Philemon Kiplimo, took silver and bronze in 59:40 and 59:54, respectively.