Half marathon world record progression

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Abraham Kiptum, the former holder of the men's half marathon world record.

The world record in the half marathon has been officially recognised since 1 January 2004 by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the international governing body for the sport of athletics. A total of five men's world records and six women's world records have been officially ratified since that date. The IAAF officially recognised the fastest times prior to that date as a "world best" from 1 January 2003 onwards. Before that date, the IAAF did not recognise any road running world records,[1] though the concept of a world record was recognised by other organisations, such as the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS).[2]

The men's half-marathon world record is 58:01 minutes, by Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor on 15 September 2019 at the Copenhagen Half Marathon.[3]

The women's record is 1:04:31, set by Ababel Yeshaneh on 21 February 2020, at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the United Arab Emirates. The previous record of 1:04:51 was set by Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya on 22 October 2017, in Valencia, Spain. On 8 September 2019, Brigid Kosgei ran a time of 64:28 minutes at the 2019 Great North Run in Newcastle, England, 23 seconds faster than previous best, however the Great North Run is not eligible for record purposes.[4] The IAAF has since 2011 also kept records for the fastest time run by women in women-only races (i.e. without male pacemakers). The best time for that category is held by Peres Jepchirchir, who ran 1:05:16 in Gdynia on 17 October 2020. There was some criticism of this change, as the IAAF originally intended to downgrade world records set in mixed gender races to "world best" status, but in response the organisation agreed to maintain historic marks as official.[5]

Races close to the official half marathon distance of 21.0975 kilometres (13.1094 mi) had taken place throughout the early 20th century, and athletes had also been timed at the midpoint of full marathons, but the first half marathon races proper emerged in the 1960s. Some of that era, such as the Route du Vin Half Marathon and San Blas Half Marathon (which both took the official distance in 1966) are extant today.[6][7] The earliest half marathon world record accepted by the Association of Track and Field Statisticians is that of 67:01 minutes ran by Englishman Brian Hill-Cottingham in Romford in 1960.[8][9] For women, the earliest ARRS-recognised time is that of American Kathy Gibbons, who finished the distance in 83:56 on 7 March 1971 in Phoenix, Arizona.[2] The earliest men's and women's marks recognised as world records by the IAAF are 65:44 set by Ron Hill in 1965 and 75:04 set by Marty Cooksey in 1978.[1]

World record progression[edit]

Key:
  Listed by the IAAF as a world best prior to official acceptance[1]
  Ratified by the IAAF as a world best (since 1 January 2003) or world record (since 1 January 2004)[1]
  Recognized by the Association of Road Racing Statisticians[2]

Men[edit]

Time Name Nationality Date Event/Place Source Notes
1:07:01 Brian Hill-Cottingham  United Kingdom 9 April 1960 Romford ARRS[2]
1:05:44 Ron Hill  United Kingdom 19 June 1965 Freckleton IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:05:42 Pete Ravald  United Kingdom 18 June 1966 Freckleton IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:04:28 Abebe Bikila  Ethiopia 21 October 1964 Tokyo IAAF[1] [Note 1][Note 2]
1:03:22 Derek Clayton  Australia 3 December 1967 Fukuoka Marathon IAAF[1] [Note 1][Note 2]
1:04:45 Ron Hill  United Kingdom 21 June 1969 Freckleton IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:03:53 Derek Graham  United Kingdom 2 May 1970 Belfast IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:03:46 Juan Rafael Angel Perez  Costa Rica 8 February 1976 Coamo IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:03:46 Jose Reveyn  Belgium 27 March 1976 The Hague IAAF[1]
1:02:57 Miruts Yifter  Ethiopia 6 February 1977 Coamo IAAF[1] IAAF notes unrounded time as 1:02:56.3
1:02:37 Toshihiro Matsumoto  Japan 6 February 1977 Beppu, Ōita ARRS[2]
1:02:47 Tony Simmons  United Kingdom 24 June 1978 Welwyn Garden City IAAF[1]
1:02:36 Nick Rose  United Kingdom 14 October 1979 Dayton IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:02:32 Kirk Pfeffer  United States 7 December 1979 Las Vegas IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:02:16 Stan Mavis  United States 27 January 1980 New Orleans IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:01:47 Herb Lindsay  United States 20 September 1981 Manchester, Vermont IAAF[1]
1:01:36 Michael Musyoki  Kenya 19 September 1982 Philadelphia IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:01:32 Paul Cummings  United States 25 September 1983 Dayton IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:01:14 Steve Jones  United Kingdom 11 August 1985 Birmingham IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:00:55 Mark Curp  United States 15 September 1985 Philadelphia IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:00:43 Michael Musyoki  Kenya 8 June 1986 South Shields IAAF[1] [Note 1]
1:00:10 Matthews Temane  South Africa 25 July 1987 East London IAAF[1] [Note 1]
1:00:46 Dionicio Cerón  Mexico 16 September 1990 Philadelphia ARRS[2]
1:00:06 Steve Moneghetti  Australia 24 January 1993 Tokyo IAAF[1] [Note 1]
1:00:24 Benson Masya  Kenya 3 April 1993 The Hague ARRS[2]
59:47 Moses Tanui  Kenya 3 April 1993 Milan IAAF[1]
1:00:13 Paul Tergat  Kenya 15 April 1993 Milan ARRS[2]
59:56 Shem Kororia  Kenya 4 October 1997 Košice ARRS[2]
59:43 António Pinto  Portugal 15 March 1998 Lisbon IAAF[1] [Note 1]
59:17 Paul Tergat  Kenya 4 April 1998 Milan IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
59:06 Paul Tergat  Kenya 26 March 2000 Lisbon IAAF[1] [Note 1]
59:16 Samuel Wanjiru  Kenya 11 September 2005 Rotterdam IAAF,[1] ARRS[2] ARRS notes unrounded time as 59:15.8
59:05 Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 18 September 2005 South Shields IAAF[1] [Note 1]
58:55 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 15 January 2006 Tempe IAAF[1] Disputed by ARRS due to advantage of wind-shielding by a vehicle[2]
59:07 Paul Malakwen Kosgei  Kenya 2 April 2006 Berlin ARRS[2]
58:53 Samuel Wanjiru  Kenya 9 February 2007 Ras al-Khaimah IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
58:33 Samuel Wanjiru  Kenya 17 March 2007 The Hague IAAF,[1] ARRS[2] ARRS notes time as 58:35
58:23 Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 21 March 2010 Lisbon IAAF,[10] ARRS[2]
58:18 Abraham Kiptum  Kenya 28 October 2018 Valencia IAAF[3][11] suspended for doping (26 April 2019)
58:01 Geoffrey Kamworor  Kenya 15 September 2019 Copenhagen IAAF [12]

Women[edit]

Time Name Nationality Date Event/Place Source Notes
1:23:56 Kathy Gibbons  United States 7 March 1971 Phoenix, Arizona ARRS[2]
1:23:11 Chantal Langlacé  France 8 September 1974 Aÿ-Champagne ARRS[2]
1:22:05 Silvana Cruciata  Italy 3 April 1977 Milan ARRS[2]
1:19:45 Marja Wokke  Netherlands 8 January 1978 Egmond aan Zee ARRS[2]
1:18:44 Silvana Cruciata  Italy 16 April 1978 Milan ARRS[2]
1:18:30 Jean Abare  United States 4 July 1978 Coronado, California ARRS[2]
1:15:04 Marty Cooksey  United States 26 August 1978 San Diego IAAF[1] [Note 1]
1:17:48 Daniele Justin  Belgium 12 November 1978 Nazaré, Portugal ARRS[2]
1:15:58 Miki Gorman  United States 19 November 1978 Pasadena IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:15:01 Ellison Goodall  United States 10 March 1979 Winston-Salem IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:14:50 Kathy Mintie  United States 25 August 1979 San Diego IAAF[1] [Note 1]
1:14:04 Patti Catalano  United States 23 September 1979 Manchester, Vermont IAAF,[1] ARRS[2] ARRS notes time as 1:14:03
1:13:59 Marja Wokke  Netherlands 29 March 1980 The Hague IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:13:26 Joan Benoit  United States 18 January 1981 New Orleans IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:11:16 Joan Benoit  United States 7 March 1981 San Diego IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:09:57 Grete Waitz  Norway 15 May 1982 Gothenburg IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:09:14 Joan Benoit  United States 18 September 1983 Philadelphia IAAF,[1] ARRS[2] ARRS notes time as 1:09:10
1:08:34 Joan Benoit  United States 16 September 1984 Philadelphia IAAF,[1] ARRS[2]
1:06:40 Ingrid Kristiansen  Norway 5 April 1987 Sandnes IAAF,[1] ARRS[2] [Note 1]
1:08:32 Ingrid Kristiansen  Norway 19 March 1989 New Bedford IAAF[1]
1:07:59 Elana Meyer  South Africa 18 May 1991 East London IAAF[1]
1:07:59 Uta Pippig  Germany 20 March 1994 Kyoto IAAF[1]
1:07:58 Uta Pippig  Germany 19 March 1995 Kyoto IAAF[1]
1:07:36 Elana Meyer  South Africa 9 March 1997 Kyoto IAAF[1]
1:07:29 Elana Meyer  South Africa 8 March 1998 Kyoto IAAF[1]
1:06:44 Elana Meyer  South Africa 15 January 1999 Tokyo IAAF[1]
1:05:44 Susan Chepkemei  Kenya 1 April 2001 Lisbon IAAF[1] [Note 1]
1:05:40 Paula Radcliffe  United Kingdom 21 September 2003 South Shields IAAF[1] IAAF notes unrounded time as 1:05:39.6 [Note 1]
1:06:25 (women only) Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 14 October 2007 World RR Champs, Udine IAAF,[1] ARRS[2] First world record recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Mark also recognized as official world record.
1:05:50 (mixed gender) Mary Keitany  Kenya 18 February 2011 Ras al-Khaimah IAAF[13]
1:05:12 (mixed gender) Florence Kiplagat  Kenya 16 February 2014 Barcelona IAAF[1]
1:05:09 (mixed gender) Florence Kiplagat  Kenya 15 February 2015 Barcelona IAAF[1]
1:05:06 (mixed gender) Peres Jepchirchir  Kenya 10 February 2017 Ras al-Khaimah IAAF
1:04:52 (mixed gender) Joyciline Jepkosgei  Kenya 1 April 2017 Prague IAAF
1:04:51 (mixed gender) Joyciline Jepkosgei  Kenya 22 October 2017 Valencia IAAF
1:06:11 (women only) Netsanet Gudeta  Ethiopia 24 March 2018 World HM Champs, Valencia IAAF
1:04:31 (mixed gender) Ababel Yeshaneh  Ethiopia 21 February 2020 Ras al-Khaimah IAAF
1:05:34 (women only) Peres Jepchirchir  Kenya 5 September 2020 Prague World Athletics[14]
1:05:16 (women only) Peres Jepchirchir  Kenya 17 October 2020 Gdynia World Athletics[15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Noted by the IAAF as set on uncertified or aided course which does not fulfill the criteria specified in IAAF Rule 260.28.b or 260.28.c.
  2. ^ a b Noted by the IAAF as set en route to longer distances.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf IAAF Statistics Book – IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015. IAAF (2015), pp. 684-5, 805-6. Retrieved on 19 February 2017
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  4. ^ "Brigid Kosgei run fastest half-marathon ever by a woman". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  5. ^ Paula Radcliffe keeps her marathon world record in IAAF about-turn . The Guardian (10 November 2011). Retrieved on 19 February 2017.
  6. ^ Route du Vin Half Marathon. ARRS. Retrieved on 19 February 2017.
  7. ^ San Blas Half Marathon. ARRS. Retrieved on 19 February 2017.
  8. ^ Doing Things By Half. SPIKES Magazine (29 March 2016). Retrieved on 19 February 2017.
  9. ^ Robinson, Roger (28 July 2010). Footsteps: Historic half Marathon. Runner's World. Retrieved on 19 February 2017.
  10. ^ IAAF (10 May 2010). "World Records Ratified". Monte Carlo. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  11. ^ IAAF (6 December 2018). "World record ratified". Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  12. ^ Jon Mulkeen (15 September 2019). "Kamworor breaks world half marathon record in Copenhagen with 58:01". IAAF. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Keitany smashes half marathon world record in Ras Al Khaimah". IAAF. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Jepchirchir smashes women-only half marathon world record in Prague". World Athletics. 5 September 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  15. ^ "Peres Jepchirchir breaks women's half-marathon world record". BBC. 17 October 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2020.

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