Course record for Kiprop In Roma Half

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Mar 03, 2013

Wilson Kiprop, the 2010 World Half-marathon champion, took the honours at the Roma-Ostia Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, with a course record of 59:15 while fellow Kenyan Filomena Cheyech took more than a minute off her PB to win the women’s race in 67:39.

On a warm and sunny day in the Italian capital the event celebrated its 39th edition with two high-quality races as three men dipped under the one-hour barrier and four women broke 68 minutes.

Last year’s Roma-Ostia winner Philemon Limo led an eight-man pack to set a fast pace from the early stages, passing through 5km in 14:06 and 10km in 28:14.

The fast pace started taking its toll on Limo who was forced to drop out of the race at 15km when a leading trio formed by Kiprop, Edward Kwemoi Chomesin and Simon Cheprot started to pull away from the rest of the field, forcing the pace.

They went through 15km in 42:11, having covered the last 5km section in 13:56 – much faster than the first two first 5km splits.

The three leading men worked together in a team until the final 300m when Kiprop broke away to romp home in 59:15, breaking the 59:32 course record set last year by Limo.

“I was excited to run on the Roma-Ostia course. I worked closely together with Robert Chemosin and Simon Cheprot, and they ran a very good race,” said Kiprop, whose 59:15 equalled the PB he set last year in Berlin.

Robert Chemosin finished runner-up four seconds behind Kiprop in 59:19 to smash his previous PB of 60:03 set last September at the Udine Half Marathon. Simon Cheprot followed one second behind Chemosin in third place with 59:20.

Women’s race goes down to the wire

By 5km (covered in 15:54) a lead group had formed comprising five women – Mercy Kibarus, Debele Degefa, Filomena Cheyech, Hilda Kibet and last year’s runner-up, Agnes Kiprop. They went through the 10km mark in 32:08 and 15km in 48:24.

The race went down to the final kilometre in which Cheyech broke away from Kiprop in the closing stages to romp home in 67:39, seven seconds ahead of her Kenyan team-mate who repeated her runner-up position from last year.

Ethiopia’s Degefa, winner of the 2013 Campaccio Cross Country race, completed the podium in third place with 67:49, beating Kibet of the Netherlands by ten seconds. 

Kipruto victorious in Japan 

World silver medallist Vincent Kipruto, the fastest runner in the field with the marathon best of 2:05:13, lived up to expectations in Otsu to win the 68th annual Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon but the time was a relatively slow 2:08:34.

“It was cold,” said Kipruto after a race where the weather was cloudy and temperatures never climbed above 7°C. “It was really windy, so I did not want to make a move early.”