Geoffrey Kipsang And Tiny Eritrea Have Days To Remember At 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

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by LetsRun.com
March 29, 2014

21-year-old Geoffrey Kipsang has shown the potential to be a senior world champion, but now he’s got a world title to prove it as he won the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon championship today in Copenhagen in 59:07 ahead of Eritrea’s Samuel Tsegay and Ethiopia’s Guye Adola, who both ran 59:20.

Finishing fourth was 5-time world half marathon Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea, who was unable to win a record sixth individual World Half Marathon title today, but it was a great day for tiny Eritrea nonetheless as the tiny country of just 6 million plus won gold in the team competition as the top three Eritrean runners all broke an hour. With Tsegay in second (59:20), Tadese in fourth (59:37) and Nguse Amlosom (59:37) in fifth, Eritrea’s top three man total time of 2:58:59 was by far the best on the day.

If more than three men scored, Eritrea still would have won the team title as their two other finishers weren’t far behind – Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (7th 60:09) and Samson Gebreyghannes (8th 60:12).

2006 NCAA 5,000 and 10,000 champ Josphat Boit led the US effort by finishing 21st in a new personal best of 61:32 (previous PR of 61:41). “It was a great race,” Boit told Race Results Weekly after the race.  “I came here to place as high as I could, and it’s great to represent,” he said, pointing at the USA logo on his chest.

Team USA was sixth in the team standings in 3:06:18.

Quick takes and full individual results appear below. Team results will eventually show up here.

Quick Take #1: Kipsang is the real deal. The junior world xc champ in 2011, he might have been favored to win senior World XC gold last year in Poland but he didn’t run the race as instead of running the Kenyan Trials he dominated the RAK Half Marathon. He wasted no time running a full marathon last year (follow the $) running 2:09:12 in Rotterdam in his debut. Since then, he’s run 2:06:12 in Berlin and 2:07:37 in Tokyo last month. If you want to know why Kenya struggles to win medals in the 10,000 on the track, it’s because young talents like Kipsang are on the roads. Remember at 18 in 2011, in the span of 8 days, he ran his track prs of 27:12 at Pre and then 13:12.23 in New York.

59:07 without a rabbit is very impressive. His next goal? The WR. “For now, my main goal is to prepare well to run the world record in the half-marathon,” he told reporters.

Kipsang trains with Olympic marathon champ Stephen Kiprotich under the tutelage of Patrick Sang.

Quick Take #2: Think about Eritrea’s performance for a minute. In a single race, the country of 6 million had five men run 60:12 or better on a non-aided course. The US’s population is more than 50 times bigger at 313 million plus and in the history of the US only two men have ever run under faster than 60:12 – Dathan Ritzenhein 60:00, Ryan Hall 59:37 (Todd Williams ran 60:11 on an aided course).

Eritrea’s team gold wasn’t totally unexpected. Ken Nakamura tells us they had won team silver on 7 straight occasions.

Quick Take #3: Stats by Ken Nakamura: For the fifth time in history KEN won both men and women’s race in the World half Marathon. Previously then won both in 2010, 1999, 1998, & 1997.

 59:07 is the 4th fastest time in the history of World Half marathon championships. It is also the second fastest winning time in history.
Five runners broke 60 minutes in the World half marathon, but in 2007 record 7 runners broke 60 min.
ERI won first team gold medal in World Half marathon snapping KEN’s team winning steak at six. After seven straight team silver ERI finally won team gold.
Best-ever-marks-for-place for 8th and 9th in the World Half Marathon Championships were set.
Samuel Tsegay and Guye Adola became the 109th and 110th, respectively to crack 60 minutes for half marathon

More: The Messageboard discussion of this race is here: Official 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Discussion Thread. *IAAF Recap of race.
*Women: LRC Led by Gladys Cherono’s Gold, Kenya Women Dominate 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon By Going 1 Through Five – Americans Bersagel and Kleppin Both in Top 15

Result
PosATHLETECOUNTRYMARK
1Geoffrey Kipsang KamwororKENYA KEN59:07WL
2Samuel TsegayERITREA ERI59:20PB
3Guye AdolaETHIOPIA ETH59:20PB
4Zersenay TadeseERITREA ERI59:37SB
5Nguse AmlosomERITREA ERI59:59
6Wilson KipropKENYA KEN1:00:00
7Ghirmay GhebreslassieERITREA ERI1:00:09SB
8Samsom GebreyohannesERITREA ERI1:00:12PB
9Adugna TakeleETHIOPIA ETH1:00:14PB
10Kenneth Kiprop KipkemoiKENYA KEN1:00:28SB
11Geofrey KusuroUGANDA UGA1:00:40PB
12Stephen MokokaSOUTH AFRICA RSA1:00:46PB
13Elroy GelantSOUTH AFRICA RSA1:01:09PB
14Bonsa DidaETHIOPIA ETH1:01:11PB
15Lusapho AprilSOUTH AFRICA RSA1:01:15PB
16Polat Kemboi ArikanTURKEY TUR1:01:21NR
17Ayad LamdassemSPAIN ESP1:01:21PB
18Masato KikuchiJAPAN JPN1:01:22
19Fikre AssefaETHIOPIA ETH1:01:29PB
20El Hassane Ben LkhainouchFRANCE FRA1:01:30PB
21Josphat BoitUNITED STATES USA1:01:32PB
22Simon CheprotKENYA KEN1:01:36
23Isaac KorirBAHRAIN BRN1:01:39PB
24Robert Kwemoi ChemosinKENYA KEN1:01:42
25Alemu BekeleBAHRAIN BRN1:01:45PB
26Daniel RotichUGANDA UGA1:01:55SB
27Daniele MeucciITALY ITA1:01:56SB
28Shogo NakamuraJAPAN JPN1:01:56PB
29Moses KibetUGANDA UGA1:02:01PB
30Paul PollockIRELAND IRL1:02:09PB
31James Kibocha TheuriFRANCE FRA1:02:10SB
32Wissem HosniTUNISIA TUN1:02:10SB
33Tyler PennelUNITED STATES USA1:02:19
34Abdi Hakin UladDENMARK DEN1:02:23PB
35Matt LlanoUNITED STATES USA1:02:24
36Hiroto InoueJAPAN JPN1:02:24
37José Antonio UribeMEXICO MEX1:02:25PB
38Javier GuerraSPAIN ESP1:02:26PB
39Shadrack Kiptoo BiwottUNITED STATES USA1:02:27
40Mikael EkvallSWEDEN SWE1:02:28NR
41Félicien MuhitiraRWANDA RWA1:02:30PB
42Raouf BoubakerTUNISIA TUN1:02:40PB
43Bekir KarayelTURKEY TUR1:02:47PB
44Urige ButaNORWAY NOR1:02:49SB
45Simone GariboldiITALY ITA1:02:50PB
46Fernando Cabada JrUNITED STATES USA1:02:53
47Alexis NizeyimanaRWANDA RWA1:02:54SB
48Abdullah Abdulaziz AljoudSAUDI ARABIA KSA1:02:57NR
49Oscar CerónMEXICO MEX1:02:57PB
50Aweke AyalewBAHRAIN BRN1:03:00PB
51Bilisuma ShugiBAHRAIN BRN1:03:01PB
52Juan Carlos RomeroMEXICO MEX1:03:09
53Sohta HoshiJAPAN JPN1:03:28
54Abdellatif MeftahFRANCE FRA1:03:45SB
55Felix NtirenganyaRWANDA RWA1:03:47PB
56Kenta MurayamaJAPAN JPN1:03:51
57Marius IonescuROMANIA ROU1:03:53SB
58Isaac AyekoUGANDA UGA1:03:55
59Asbjørn Ellefsen PersenNORWAY NOR1:03:55PB
60Gianmarco ButtazzoITALY ITA1:03:58
61Lars BudolfsenDENMARK DEN1:03:59PB
62Jesper FaurschouDENMARK DEN1:04:00PB
63Nicolae Alexandru SoareROMANIA ROU1:04:06PB
64Ben MoreauGREAT BRITAIN & N.I. GBR1:04:08SB
65Jesús Antonio NuñezSPAIN ESP1:04:11PB
66Berihun WuveISRAEL ISR1:04:36PB
67Mehmet CaglayanTURKEY TUR1:04:53SB
68Ruben IIndongoFRANCE FRA1:04:58SB
69Driss El HimerFRANCE FRA1:04:59SB
70Janis GirgensonsLATVIA LAT1:05:10PB
71Hussein HabumugishaRWANDA RWA1:05:10SB
72Kári Steinn KarlssonICELAND ISL1:05:12NR
73Roman FostiESTONIA EST1:05:13PB
74Øystein SyltaNORWAY NOR1:05:18SB
75Anuradha CooraySRI LANKA SRI1:05:19NR
76Fatih BilgicTURKEY TUR1:05:25SB
77Demsew ZegeyeISRAEL ISR1:05:26PB
78Raúl PachecoPERU PER1:05:29
79Maksim PankratauBELARUS BLR1:05:31SB
80Zelalem BachaBAHRAIN BRN1:05:46PB
81Luis Alberto OrtaVENEZUELA VEN1:05:46SB
82Dmytro SirukUKRAINE UKR1:05:56PB
83Zohar ZimroISRAEL ISR1:06:03PB
84César LizanoCOSTA RICA CRC1:06:06SB
85Cristhian PachecoPERU PER1:06:06PB
86Yimharan YosefISRAEL ISR1:06:28PB
87Ben AshkettleNEW ZEALAND NZL1:06:38SB
88Juraj VitkoSLOVAK REPUBLIC SVK1:06:47
89Jarkko JärvenpääFINLAND FIN1:07:03SB
90El Akhdar HachaniTUNISIA TUN1:08:05SB
91Yolo NikolovBULGARIA BUL1:08:08PB
92Esteban CuestasURUGUAY URU1:08:11SB
93Rui Yong SohSINGAPORE SIN1:08:18PB
94Rafael IglesiasSPAIN ESP1:08:28
95Theis NijhuisDENMARK DEN1:08:37SB
96Asrat MamoISRAEL ISR1:08:52PB
97Mert Girmalegesse TURKEY TUR1:09:15
98Arnar PéturssonICELAND ISL1:09:44PB
99Andrew GrechMALTA MLT1:10:09NR
100Ortik RamazonovUZBEKISTAN UZB1:10:13PB
101Mok Ying RenSINGAPORE SIN1:10:15SB
102Johannes NaitembuNAMIBIA NAM1:10:26SB
103Arturs BareikisLATVIA LAT1:11:02SB
104Khasan GaforovTAJIKISTAN TJK1:11:20
105Marcel TschoppLIECHTENSTEIN LIE1:11:24SB
106Kokan AjanovskiF Y REP. OF MACEDONIA MKD1:12:00NR
107Ilir KelleziALBANIA ALB1:14:59SB
108Chan Kit ChanMACAO MAC1:19:23SB
109Chia-Che ChangCHINESE TAIPEI TPE1:54:50SB
Henrik ThemDENMARK DENDNF
Ilja NikolajevESTONIA ESTDNF
Tebalu ZawudeETHIOPIA ETHDNF
Ingvar HjartarsonICELAND ISLDNF

 

 

 

Men’s Team Standings

POSTeamCOUNTRYMARK
Details1EritreaEritrea Eritrea2:58:59
Details2KenyaKenya Kenya2:59:38
Details3EthiopiaEthiopia Ethiopia3:00:48
Details4South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa3:03:13
Details5UgandaUganda Uganda3:04:39
Details6JapanJapan Japan3:05:45
Details7United StatesUnited States United States3:06:18
Details8BahrainBahrain Bahrain3:06:27
Details9FranceFrance France3:07:28
Details10SpainSpain Spain3:08:01
Details11MexicoMexico Mexico3:08:34
Details12ItalyItaly Italy3:08:47
Details13TurkeyTurkey Turkey3:09:04
Details14RwandaRwanda Rwanda3:09:14
Details15DenmarkDenmark Denmark3:10:25
Details16NorwayNorway Norway3:12:05
Details17TunisiaTunisia Tunisia3:12:58
Details18IsraelIsrael Israel3:16:08
Geoffrey Kipsang wins the 2013 RAK Half  (photo by Victor Sailer, courtesy of RAK Half-Marathon; used with permission)

Geoffrey Kipsang wins the 2013 RAK Half
(photo by Victor Sailer, courtesy of RAK Half-Marathon; used with permission)