Love this photo by @NotAfraid2Fail.
Geoffrey Kamworor cheesin’ after throwing down a 13:01 5K split from 15K to 20K in his half marathon win at @Valencia2018.
Three straight world half marathon titles for the 25-year-old. pic.twitter.com/AGk4z7W5Rt
— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) March 24, 2018
With the help of a tailwind, Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor produced one of the most astonishing splits ever record within a distance race at the 2018 IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships.
Between 15-20K, the 25-year-old covered 5K in 13:01 (2:36 per kilometre pace). For perspective, the Canadian men’s 5,000m track record is 13:01. The second place finisher in the men’s race covered that same distance in 13:14, incredible in and of itself. (Kamworor’s 15-20K split translates to a pace of 54:55 for a half-marathon, granted even splits, while the world record is 58:23.)
Kamworor was able to split such a fast time because of the relatively slow first 15K of the race, held in Valencia, Spain on Saturday. LetsRun.com reports that winds were as gusty as 48 km/h.
— Johanna Gretschel (@jojo_shea) March 24, 2018
According to Steven Mills, Kamworor posted the following splits to win in 60:02 in what was his third world half-marathon title. Plus, he was able to smile down the homestretch, celebrating his victory.
Geoffrey Kamworor's splits at the World HM Champs.
10km 29:28 (14:56)
15km 44:13 (14:45)
20km 57:14 (13:01)
— Steven Mills (@Trackside2018) March 24, 2018
Hat trick of world half marathon titles for Geoffrey Kamworor.
— IAAF (@iaaforg) March 25, 2018
Kamworor won the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, his first career marathon win, back in November.