Mark Kiptoo

Kiptoo thrashes Haile Gebrelassie record as he wins the Azkoitia-Azpeitia Half Marathon

Kenya’s Mark Kiptoo broke Haile Gebrselassie’s world over 40 record of 1:01.40 when he won the 24th edition of the Azkoitia-Azpeitia Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (24) in Azpeitia, Spain.

Kiptoo, 42, is not about to retire, having ventured into road racing late. However, he will fought off a stiff challenge from younger athletes, who have all won the Azkoitia-Azpeitia Half , led by teammates Joseph Kiprono Kiptum of 1:00.17 and Emmanuel Bett of 1:00.08.

Kiptoo came to this race with a personal best of 1:00.08 and pushed the young stars to the edge but could not run under his best when he cut the tape in 1:01.04 and was closely followed by Stephen Arita who crossed the line seven seconds later with Samuel Kosgei closing the all Kenyan podium three in 1:01.23

The defending champion Kiptum who has a personal best of 1:00.17 finished a distant sixth in 1:01.41.

  1. Mark Kiptoo        (KEN) 1:01.04
  2. Stephen Arita      (KEN) 1:01.11
  3. Samuel Kosgei    (KEN) 1:01.23
  4. Josphat Menjo     (KEN) 1:01.36
  5. Merhawi Tsegay  (ETH) 1:01.39

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