Kenya’s Irene Kamais beat the former World Half marathon record holder Ruth Chepngetich at the Jeddah Half Marathon held on Saturday (10) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The former National 10,000m champion, took the honors in a time of 1:06.47 with reigning Seville Marathon champion, ALemu Megertu from Ethiopia taking silver in 1:07.18.
“I am glad to (have) emerged here at the Jeddah Half Marathon as the winner of (the women’s race) and hope to come here again in Saudi Arabia to participate in (the) Riyadh Marathon next year,” said Kamais.
Chepngetich who narrowly missed the world women marathon record by fourteen seconds at Chicago marathon in October, was forced to settle in third place in 1:07.53.
Ethiopians Tsige G’selama and Buyenu Degefa came home in fourth and fifth in atime of 1:08.59 and 1:10.13 respectively.
- Irene Kamais (KEN) 1:06.47
- 2.Alemu Megertu (ETH) 1:07.18
- 3.Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 1:07.53
- 4.Tsige G’selama (ETH) 1:08.59
- 5.Buyenu Degefa (ETH) 1:10.13