(by K. Ken Nakamura)
World Half Marathon Championships stats - women
The women's race with difference of 1 sec, was closest ever in history of World Half.
Previously min difference between first and second was 2 sec in 1993 and 2006
ETH won gold and silver for the first time. Previously only KEN and ROU won multiple medals at World Half.
It was only second 1-2 finish by athletes from the same nation. In 2009 Keitany and Ongori of KEN finish gold and silver
It was only second gold for ETH women (individual) at World Half. First was Adere in 2002
The winning time of 1:08:55 is the slowest since 2005 when 69:17 won the race
World Half Marathon stats - Men
The second 5Km was covered in 13:44, the second fastest 5Km split in the World Half
Zersenay Tadese became the five time Champion. Only he and Paul Tergat won this event more than once.
Chimsa won second silver medal for ETH. Jifar won silver for ETH in 2001.
(Haile won only Ethiopian gold in the same year)
KEN failed to win at least silver for the first time since 2005.
They won gold (Wilson Kiprop) last time and has won silver from 2006 to 2009
2:05 marathon runner Chimsa recorded a huge half marathon best of 1:00:51 (his previous best was 1:02:22)
Yuki Kawauchi (JPN) who finished 21st may be the fastest amateur runner (meaning he has
regular 40 hour/week non-running related job)
World Half-Marathon Results Stats