Kenya’s Nicholas Kosimbei wrote history on his US debut as he smashed the race course record of the Atlanta Half Marathon that was held on brightened a drizzly Sunday (27) morning in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kosimbei who went to the race with a set mind of breaking away early and taking the early lead and going through the 10K mark in a time of 28:42, maintained his steady lead of almost 30 seconds in front of Raymond Magut and Geoffrey Koech.
The 25 year-old led a 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he crashed he took off over three minutes off the previous course record of 1:03.59 that had been set last year by American Abdisamed Abdi.
“I was expecting to break the course record,” said Kosimbei.
Magut was left with no option but to settle in second also coming home under the previous record with a time of 1:02.49. Koech who came to this race with the second fastest time on paper, closed the podium three places in a time of 1:03.13 which was also under the old record.
Kosimbei, who represents the Marin County Track Club (MCTC) in California, took home a cool prize purse of $3,000 for the win plus a bonus of $2,500 for breaking the record of running the fastest half marathon in the state of Georgia.
- Nicholas Kosimbei (KEN) 1:00.36
- Raymond Magut (KEN) 1:02.49
- Geoffrey Koech (KEN) 1:03.13
Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui won the 26th edition of the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (11) in Lisbon, Italy.
From the start to the first turn, a stretch of about 7km, the runners forged on with a tailwind, but over the next ten they faced a headwind, with the final four again run with the wind. Until that second turn point, more than 15 runners remained in the lead group. Only after the 17th kilometre did the race begin to change.
The 28 year-old held on and cut the tape in 1:00.05 in his first marathon race.
“I must thank the organisation for inviting me and trusting that I can run at this level. I think I could have achieved a better result if there were no strong wind.
“In future races I believe I can run under one hour, and of course, if I return to Lisbon I’m sure I will run faster than today, because this is a great course.”
Eritrean Yohanes Gebregergish came in second with a personal best of 1:00.16, and was followed by another Kenyan Morris Gachaga who came in third with a personal best of 1:00.17.
Another debutant from Kenya Nicholas Kosimbei crossed the line in fourth place in 1:00.21, ahead of the experienced Atsedu Tsegay, a late hour entrant, who clocked 1:00:28, and world record holder Zersenay Tadese, who was sixth with 1:00:29, faster than he ran in Marugame last month.
1. Erick Kiptanui (KEN) 1:00.05
2. Yohanes Gebregergish (ERI) 1:00.16
3. Morris Gachaga ( KEN) 1:00:17
4. Nicholas Kosimbei (KEN) 1:00:21
5. Atsedu Tsegay (ETH) 1:00:28