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

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by LetsRun.com
March 29, 2014

The Kenyan women put on a show today at the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon  in Copenhagen as led by Gladys Cherono‘s gold they went one through five. The 30-year old Cherono, who won silver in the women’s 10,000 at the Moscow World Championships last summer, won gold in 67:28 as she turned the tables on Mercy Wacera (silver in 67:43) who had edged her for the title at the World’s Best 10k last month (32:06 to 32:09).

“I’m happy because of what I have achieved today,” said Cherono after the race.  “I was not expecting it.”

The American women had a good day and finished fifth – just 1:15 away from bronze. Based on personal bests, the US’s top seed was just 35th but USA put two in the top 15 and made a run for a medal in the team competition. The Americans were led by Annie Bersagel and Lauren Kleppin who both prd to finished 13th and 14th. The 30-year Bersagel, who is a 2:30 marathoner, knocked more than 3 minutes off her half marathon pb of 73:16 nearly 2 minutes off her previous pb of 72:01 from last fall, by running 70:09. Kleppin, who surprisingly ran 2:28 in LA earlier this month, knocked nearly two minutes off her 72:12 pb running 70:15 today.

“I kind of stopped looking at my watch, I just felt good,” said Bersagel to David Monti after the race. “I saw Lauren went out pretty early and I just thought, I can run with her, so let’s just try this.”

 

With Bersagel and Kleppin totaling 2:20:34 (the team score is time of top three runners), the US was ahead of Japan in the battle for the team bronze after two runners (Japan had 2:20:46), but Japan got bronze as their top three were 15th, 17th and 19th. The final scorer for the US women, Clara Santucci, was 34th in a 72:21, an improvement over her previous pb of 72:41. Japan’s cumulative time was 3:31:33 to the US’s 3:32:48.

Full individual results appear below. Team results will eventually show up here.

The Messageboard discussion of this race is here: Official 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Discussion Thread.

QT: Perfection by the Kenyan Women. Very, Very Impressive.

QT #2: Nice run by the American women.

QT #3: Stats by Ken Nakamura:For the first time in history of World Half Marathon Championships a nation (KEN) swept the medals in the women’s race.  67:28 is the fifth fastest time in World Half Marathon Championships.

Best ever marks for place for 7th, 8th, & 9th in the World Half Marathon were set in the women’s race
Gladys Cherono became the fifth World Championships track medalist to win World Half Marathon. She became the seventh woman to medal in both events.
For the seventh straight editions of World Half Marathon Championships either KEN or ETH won team gold while other won the silver.
For the eighth straight edition of World Half Marahton Championships, JPN won team bronze

More: IAAF Recap of Race
*Men: LRC Geoffrey Kipsang and Tiny Eritrea Have Days To Remember at 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

PosATHLETECOUNTRYMARK
1Gladys CheronoKENYA KEN1:07:28SB
2Mary Wacera NgugiKENYA KEN1:07:43PB
3Selly Chepyego KaptichKENYA KEN1:07:51PB
4Lucy Wangui KabuuKENYA KEN1:08:36SB
5Mercy Jerotich KibarusKENYA KEN1:08:41SB
6Netsanet GudetaETHIOPIA ETH1:08:45PB
7Christelle DaunayFRANCE FRA1:08:47SB
8Valeria StraneoITALY ITA1:08:54SB
9Tsehay DesalegnETHIOPIA ETH1:09:03PB
10Genet YalewETHIOPIA ETH1:09:14PB
11Krisztina PappHUNGARY HUN1:10:07
12Mame FeyisaETHIOPIA ETH1:10:07PB
13Annie BersagelUNITED STATES USA1:10:09PB
14Lauren KleppinUNITED STATES USA1:10:15PB
15Sayo NomuraJAPAN JPN1:10:17SB
16Hirut AlemayehuETHIOPIA ETH1:10:24PB
17Risa TakenakaJAPAN JPN1:10:29
18Alyson DixonGREAT BRITAIN & N.I. GBR1:10:37PB
19Reia IwadeJAPAN JPN1:10:44SB
20Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNORWAY NOR1:10:52SB
21Alessandra AguilarSPAIN ESP1:10:55PB
22Veronica IngleseITALY ITA1:10:56PB
23Lisa Christina StublicCROATIA CRO1:11:08
24Chieko KidoJAPAN JPN1:11:16
25Souad Aït SalemALGERIA ALG1:11:22
26Gladys TejedaPERU PER1:11:23NR
27René KalmerSOUTH AFRICA RSA1:11:52SB
28Chaofeng JiaPR OF CHINA CHN1:11:58
29Nadia EjjafiniITALY ITA1:12:04SB
30Alexandra LouisonFRANCE FRA1:12:05PB
31Letekidan GebreamanERITREA ERI1:12:12PB
32Isabellah AnderssonSWEDEN SWE1:12:15SB
33Yinli HePR OF CHINA CHN1:12:17
34Clara SantucciUNITED STATES USA1:12:21PB
35Barkahoum DriciALGERIA ALG1:12:33
36Mattie SuverUNITED STATES USA1:12:41SB
37Luula BerhaneERITREA ERI1:12:44PB
38Fatna MaraouiITALY ITA1:12:49SB
39Jessica Draskau-PeterssonDENMARK DEN1:12:51PB
40Susan PartridgeGREAT BRITAIN & N.I. GBR1:13:15
41Verónica PérezSPAIN ESP1:13:25PB
42Yingying ZhangPR OF CHINA CHN1:13:25
43Linet ChebetUGANDA UGA1:13:27PB
44Wendy ThomasUNITED STATES USA1:14:06
45Leila LuikESTONIA EST1:14:17SB
46Liina LuikESTONIA EST1:14:17PB
47Jenna Leigh ChallenorSOUTH AFRICA RSA1:14:19PB
48Rina YamazakiJAPAN JPN1:14:19
49Veronika Brennhovd BlomNORWAY NOR1:14:21PB
50Meixia ZhangPR OF CHINA CHN1:14:23
51Lena EliassonSWEDEN SWE1:14:27PB
52Lavinia HaitopeNAMIBIA NAM1:14:41PB
53Katarina BérešováSLOVAK REPUBLIC SVK1:15:02SB
54Soumaya BoussaïdTUNISIA TUN1:15:11NR
55Corinne HerbreteauFRANCE FRA1:15:26
56Chao YuePR OF CHINA CHN1:15:52
57Rocío CántaraPERU PER1:15:53PB
58Elvan AbeylegesseTURKEY TUR1:15:57SB
59Louise Langelund BattingDENMARK DEN1:16:17PB
60Nicolasa CondoriPERU PER1:16:34SB
61Luminita Georgiana AchimROMANIA ROU1:16:44PB
62Bahar DoganTURKEY TUR1:16:59
63Nebiat HabtemariamERITREA ERI1:16:59SB
64Volha KrautsovaBELARUS BLR1:17:04SB
65Anne Holm BaumeisterDENMARK DEN1:17:05SB
66Cornelia JoubertSOUTH AFRICA RSA1:17:09SB
67Simone Christensen GladDENMARK DEN1:17:10PB
68Marthe Katrine MyhreNORWAY NOR1:17:27
69Aline CamboulivesFRANCE FRA1:17:45SB
70Liliana Maria DanciROMANIA ROU1:18:02SB
71Tonya NeroTRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TTO1:18:25SB
72Annemette AagaardDENMARK DEN1:18:47SB
73Nilay EsenTURKEY TUR1:19:07
74Claudia Paula TodoranROMANIA ROU1:19:09
75Gabriela TrañaCOSTA RICA CRC1:19:24SB
76Arndi HáfdórsdóttirICELAND ISL1:20:01PB
77Kit Ching YiuHONG KONG, CHINA HKG1:20:27PB
78Kateryna KarmanenkoUKRAINE UKR1:20:52SB
79Elena MoagaROMANIA ROU1:22:44SB
80Giselle CamilleriMALTA MLT1:23:40
81Irina MorozUZBEKISTAN UZB1:23:45PB
82Martha ErnstsdóttirICELAND ISL1:24:23SB
83Sandrine KengueGABON GAB1:24:36SB
84Helen OlafsdóttirICELAND ISL1:24:40SB
85Carlie PipeBARBADOS BAR1:32:57NR
86Kathrin GassnerLIECHTENSTEIN LIE1:36:12PB
87Pou I ChanMACAO MAC1:36:34PB
88Shamha AhmedMALDIVES MDV1:42:03NR
Vesna KiradzievaF Y REP. OF MACEDONIA MKDDNF
Nicola DuncanIRELAND IRLDNS