Kiplagat sets half marathon world record in Barcelona

Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:50am EST
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(Reuters) - Kenya's Florence Kiplagat set a world record for the women's half marathon with a blistering performance at a race in Barcelona on Sunday, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said.

The 26-year-old recorded a time of one hour five minutes and 12 seconds, beating the previous best of 1:05:50 set by compatriot Mary Keitany in Ras Al Khaimah in February 2011.

Kiplagat's fastest time over the distance before Sunday was 1:06:38, in Ostia in February 2012, and she finished more than seven minutes ahead of second-placed Nicola Duncan of Britain.

"This is a not a day I will forget, I'm so happy," Kiplagat said on the IAAF website (

"The circuit was very fast and I really want to thank my pace makers, Marc Roig and Stanley Siroro, they did a great job," she added.

"I felt so well from the beginning and the weather was perfect, so I had the feeling that this could be a special day."

Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie broke the men's pole vault world record in Ukraine on Saturday and Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba set the fastest ever women's indoor two-mile time at the British Grand Prix in Birmingham.

(Additional reporting by Gene Cherry, writing by Iain Rogers in Madrid, editing by Ed Osmond)

Florence Kiplagat of Kenya reacts after winning the 40th Berlin marathon, September 29, 2013. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz