World’s #1 Ranked Marathoners Lelisa Desisa and Priscah Jeptoo Win 2014 Rak Half-Marathon as Record 8 Men Break 60:00 in a Single Race

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by LetsRun.com
February 14, 2014

It was a record setting day once again this morning at the 2014 RAK Half Marathon. A year after a record three men broke 59:00 in the same race, this year a record eight men broke 60:00 in a half marathon for the first time. The previous best was seven sub-60 men at the 2009 Rotterdam Half marathon.

The winner was the world’s ranked #1 marathoner from 2013, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia who ran 59:34. Desisa, who won in Dubai and Boston last year, showed he’ll have a great chance to repeat in Boston this year as he’s in fine form.

The women’s winner was the world’s #1 ranked marathoner for women in 2013, Priscah Jeptoo (2013 NY and London winner), in 67:00. Last year, Jeptoo ran 66:11 and didn’t win.

Edit: The IAAF recap of the race is now available: DESISA LEADS HOME A RECORD EIGHT MEN UNDER THE HOUR AT RAK HALF MARATHON

More: Messageboard Discussion: RAK HALF
*2013 Recap: Geoffrey Kipsang (58:54) and Lucy Kabuu (66:09) Win 2013 RAK Half Marathon On Record Setting Day

Men – Top 20 Finishers

Rank Bib Name Nationality Club Finish Diff.
1. 9 Lelisa Desisa ETH 59:34
2. 13 Nguse Amlosom ERI 59:38 0:04
3. 7 Wilson Kiprop KEN 59:44 0:10
4. 2 Bernard Koech KEN 59:45 0:11
5. 5 Bernard Kipyego KEN 59:46 0:12
6. 4 Micah Kogo KEN 59:47 0:13
7. 8 Feyisa Lilesa ETH 59:50 0:16
8. 12 Paul Lonyangata KEN 59:53 0:19
9. 10 Jacob Kendagor KEN 1:01:26 1:52
10. 14 Ibrahim Jeilan ETH 1:01:46 2:12
11. 161 Ihya Ben Yousef MAR 1:05:41 6:07
12. 176 Soji Mathew IND 1:06:26 6:52
13. 3088 Lhaj Aabdelkarim Mmoussaoui MAR 1:06:38 7:04
14. 164 Yassin Ebba ETH 1:09:46 10:12
15. 2985 Demeke Sewunet ETH 1:10:35 11:01
16. 2559 Bader Alalawi UAE 1:11:21 11:47
17. 2714 Mubarak Almarashda UAE 1:11:26 11:52
18. 2110 Humpfrey Mungai KEN 1:13:35 14:01
19. 1094 Abdeslam Naji NOR Bul, Norway 1:14:08 14:34
20. 1132 Zouak Ziani Mohamed ESP 1:14:24 14:50

Women

Total: 25 athletes
Rank Bib Name Nationality Club Finish Diff.
1. 52 Priscah Jeptoo KEN 1:07:00
2. 55 Flomena Cheyech KEN 1:08:11 1:11
3. 61 Guteni Shone ETH 1:08:31 1:31
4. 56 Helah Kiprop KEN 1:08:35 1:35
5. 53 Rita Jeptoo KEN 1:08:47 1:47
6. 54 Mare Dibaba ETH 1:08:55 1:55
7. 60 Feyse Tadese ETH 1:09:18 2:18
8. 57 Aberu Kebede ETH 1:09:20 2:20
9. 58 Worknesh Degefa ETH 1:09:42 2:42
10. 59 Caroline Kilel KEN 1:10:32 3:32
11. 165 Emebet Belew ETH 1:13:57 6:57
12. 139 Anne-Mari Hyrylainen FIN Dubai Creek Striders 1:17:07 10:07
13. 163 Belainesh Yami ETH 1:17:11 10:11
14. 3006 Samira Raif MAR 1:18:35 11:35
15. 149 Jane Khan GBR 1:19:33 12:33
16. 114 Rebecca Botwright GBR 1:23:45 16:45
17. 1822 Beate Krecklow GER 1:24:18 17:18
18. 168 Lorna Bradford GBR SAMSO Wellness Running 1:25:43 18:43
19. 160 Emma Phillips GBR 1:25:54 18:54
20. 1630 Nadine Gill GER 1:28:10 21:10
21. 129 Liz Verheyden BEL Dubai Creek Striders 1:28:12 21:12
22. 117 Debbie Powell GBR ABRaS AC 1:28:18 21:18
23. 123 Aline Raywood FRA ABRaS AC 1:28:28 21:28
24. 386 Jill Mair GBR 1:28:35 21:35
25. 107 Nicola Smith NZL Dubai Creek Striders 1:28:49 21:49


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