New world record half marathon time set in Lisbon by Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea
Posted Mar 22 2010 6:22am
There's a new men's half marathon record thanks to Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea.
The old record of 58:33 set by Kenyan Samuel Wanjir in 2007 was crushed by over the weekend by a full 11 seconds.
The IAAF press release with all of details is below.
Lisbon, Portugal – Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea smashed the World record
in the Half Marathon, clocking 58:23* at the EDP Lisbon Half
Tadese, the winner of four successive World Road
Running and World Half Marathon titles, eclipsed the mark of 58:33 set
by Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru in 2007.
Following the uncooperative
weather the day before this IAAF Gold Label Road Race, nobody
expects great things from the race today, but the Gods protecting this
event came through. After a little bit of fog appeared on Lisbon’s
famous 25 Abril Bridge, the sun was smiling through the clouds
throughout the race.
So, that was the perfect signal everybody
wanted as the race commenced. With the start at sea level (without
crossing the bridge) the elite field ran against the clock as the
By the 10th kilometre (27:53), the race
was practically defined. By then, Tadese was running alone against the
clock - the rabbits lasted for only nine kilometers – and produced the
race of life. So far, that is!
20Km World record first to fall
of World record pace, even when he reached 15Km in 41:33 (four seconds
behind Felix Limo’s 41:29 World record set in 2001), Tadese forced the
pace to another level. The Half Marathon World record was well within
reach when he crossed the 20Km marker in 55:21*, 27 seconds faster then
Haile Gebrselassie’s World record of 55:48 set in 2006.
reigning World silver medallist in the 10,000m forged onward to clock
58:23, smashing by 10 seconds Wanjiru’s mark set at The Hague in 2007.
felt very good, and looking for a performance just like that,” said
Tadese, who had a previous personal best of 58:59 over the distance set
at the 2007 World Half Marathon Championships in Udine, Italy.
in a good shape. Kilometre after kilometre I achieved more courage and
determination and always believed that I can get the world record.”
Tadese opened the window to the near future. “I hope to be in the same
shape and to use the same skills to try for the world record in the
London Marathon.” Impressed the event’s organisation, Tadese promised to
return to what he described as “ a marvelous city and course!”
the 10th kilometre is was clear that there were two races today,
Tadese’s run against the clock, and the one for the runner-up spot. By
the 15th kilometre Kenyan Sammy Kitwara, the winner of 2009 Rotterdam
Half Marathon and the 2008 Paris Half Marathon, was 24 seconds behind
Tadese, and by the finish the margin didn’t change. He was second in
59:47, a personal best, ahead of his compatriot Emmanuel Mutai, the 2009
World silver medalist in the Marathon, who clocked 1:00:03, also a
Duncan Kibet (1:00:21) was fourth and Gilbert
Masai (1:00:28) fifth, both with personal bests.
Marathon champion Jaouad Gharib of Morocco was still in contention for a
podium spot at 15Km, but faded in the waning stages to finish a distant
sixth in 1:00:33.
Amid the African domination, former European
10,000m champion “Chema” Martinez of Spain was the first European across
the line, finishing 11th in 1:02:52, 46 seconds ahead of the first
Portuguese, Hermano Ferreira, who was 13th with 1:03:38.
dominates women’s race
With the spotlight on the men
contest, the women race didn’t get quite the same attention, with the
results considerably more modest.
As in the men’s race, Peninah
Arusei was in the lead from the early stages, and passed 15Km in 48:14,
more than 1:30 ahead of her closest pursuer. The winner of the 2010
Koyang Half Marathon and 2009 Berlin Half Marathon, didn’t falter en
route to her 1:08:38 victory, eight seconds slower than American Kara
Goucher’s course record set last year. But she was well clear of the
runner-up Askale Tafa of Ethiopia who clocked 1:10:46.
off the podium, at age 40, was local heroine Fernanda Ribeiro. The
former Olympic, World and European 10,000m champion clocked 1:12:17.
is fantastic being in the podium of a race of this dimension,” said
Ribeiro, who is still very much revered in Portugal. “I’m very happy to
be here, and achieving this podium for the third time in my career.” In
previous appearances, Ribeiro finished second in 1999, third in 2000,
and fourth in 2006.
IAAF President Diack pleased with race
Among the guests this year was IAAF President
Lamine Diack, who was invited to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of
the race. Diack was especially pleased to be on hand to witness Tadese’s
World record on his first visit to this race.
Among the runners
was Portuguese Prime Minister José Socrates.
Fernandes for the IAAF
Leading Results -
Men - 1.
Zersenay Tadese ERI 58.23 WR* 2. Sammy Kitwara KEN 59.47 PB 3.
Emmanuel Mutai KEN 1.00.03 PB 4. Duncan Kibet KEN 1.00.21 PB 5.
Gilbert Masai KEN 1.00.28 PB 6. Jaouad Gharib MAR 1.00.33 7.
Gedion Ngatuny KEN 1.01.07 8. Mathew Kisorio KEN 1.01.10 9. Samuel
Kosgei KEN 1.01.57 10. Ernest Kebenei KEN 1.02.01 11. “Chema”
Martinez ESP 1.02.52 12. Silas Sang KEN 1.02.57 13. Hermano
Ferreira POR 1.03.38 14. Alberto Chaíça POR 1.03.52 15. Luís
Feiteira POR 1.04.38
Women - 1. Peninah Jerop Arusei KEN
1.08.38 2. Askale Tafa ETH 1.10.46 3. Fernanda Ribeiro POR 1.12.17 4.
Maria Jose Pueyo ESP 1.13.21 PB 5. Olga Glok RUS 1.14.00 6.
Ksenia Agafonova RUS 1.14.24 7. Elizaveta Grechishnikova RUS 1.14.30 8.
Mónica Rosa POR 1.14.35 9. Constantina Dita 1.14.39 10. Cruz
Nonata da Silva BRA 1.14.59 PB