BY SAMPSON ADEDEJI
Geoffrey Kamworor shattered the World Half Marathon record after clocking 58 minutes, 01 seconds to clinch the Copenhagen Half Marathon on Sunday, lowering the previous World Record of 58:18 set by compatriot Abraham Kiptum in Valencia last year.
Despite windy conditions in the Danish capital, Kamworor who trains with World Marathon Record Holder Eliud Kipchoge proved to be the master of the road, running under 14 minutes in all of the 5km splits, SPACEFM Reports
Kamworor led a Kenyan1-2 finish in the race with Bernard Kipkorir Ng’eno coming in second in a time of 59:14.
Outside of his appearances at the World Half Marathon Championships, it was Kamworor’s first 13.1-mile race since November 2014.
His goal of breaking the world record was such an important target that he passed up the opportunity to compete at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
Kamworor was part of a large group through the first five kilometres, covered in 13:51, just outside world record pace, but he upped the tempo and reached 10 kilometres in 27:32, six seconds inside his target time.