Double world champion, Hellen Obiri won for the second time the 44th edition of the Istanbul Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (27) in Istanbul, Turkey.
The 31 year-old made her half marathon debut here in 2020 where she ran an exceptional time of 1:04.51 that made her the fourth-fastest Kenyan of all-time over the distance.
Obiri has gained experience in half marathon running since her debut. She has put her focus on road races, she won the Great North Run in last September with a time of 1:07.42 and recently she displayed her great form when she finished second at the Ras Al Khaimah half marathon that was held last month, where she also improved on her personal best to 1:04.22.
Obiri lived to her expectations as she beat two Ethiopians when she cut the tape with her third fastest time of 1:04.48.
She was followed by the 2019 African Games 10,000m champion Tsehay Gemechu from Ethiopia who crossed the line in 1:05.52 with her compatriot Bekelech Gudeta closing the first three podium finishes in a time of 1:06.35.
The race course of 1:04.02 which is still the world record that was set in 2021 by Ruth Chepngetich from Kenya remains standing
- Hellen Obiri (KEN) 1:04.48
- Tsehay Gemechu (ETH) 1:05.52
- Bekelech Gudeta (ETH) 1:06.35