Two world records was broken in this year’s edition of EDP Lisbon Half Marathon in the wheelchair races.
David Weir bettered his 2015 performance and crossed the finish line in 42 minutes, 23 seconds, more than a minute ahead of Simon Lawson (43:55) and Laurens Molina (44:55).
In the women’s race, Rochelle Woods was the first in 49:49, just one second ahead of Jade Jones (49:50).
In the men’s half marathon, Kenyans proved their dominance, placing seven men in the top-10. Sammy Kitwara won this year’s edition of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in 59:44. Leonard Komon was in the front early on, but slowed and finished fifth, over a minute behind Kitwara. “I intended to be fighting for the podium,” he said. “I didn’t feel comfortable and I am cautious. Luckily I could ran for win with an unexpected performance.”
Kenneth Kipkemoi was second in 1:00:05 while Paul Lonyangata finished third in 1:00:11.
In the women’s race, five runners were together through the first half. At 20K, Ethiopians Ruti Aga and Ymer Wude Ayalew, along with Kenyan Linet Masai, all crossed in 1:05.50. Aga was stronger in the final kilometer and pulled away to beat Ayalew, 1:09:16 to 1:09:23. Masai crossed the line 10 seconds later to finish third.
“This performance was not what I expected,” Aga said. “I ran slower than planned, but I’m happy with this win.”
1. Sammy Kirop Kitwara (KEN) 59:47
2. Keneth Kiprop Kipkemoi (KEN) 1:00:05
3. Paul Lonyangata (KEN) 1:00:11
4. Emmanuel Kipsang (KEN) 1:00:14
5. Leonard Komon (KEN) 1:01:30
6. Moses Kibet (UGA) 1:01:37
7. Stephen Arita (KEN) 1:01:48
8. Emmanuel Bett (KEN) 1:02:37
9. Goitom Kifle (ERI) 1:02:39
10. Ayele Betesfa (ETH) 1:02:48
1. Ruti Aga (ETH), 1:09:16
2. Ymer Wude Ayalew (ETH), 1:09:23
3. Linet Masai (KEN), 1:09:33
4. Eunice Chebichi Chumba (BRN), 1:09:55
5. Sara Moreira (POR), 1:10:17
6. Clemence Calvin (FRA), 1:11:17
7. Jelena Prokopcuka (LAT), 1:11:44
8. Dominika Napieraj (POL), 1:12:07
9. Beata Naigambo (NAM), 1:12:44
10. Fatna Maraoui (ITA), 1:13:52