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Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor runs 13:01 5K in the middle of a half-marathon

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Geoffrey Kamworor

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.

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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.

Kamworor won the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, his first career marathon win, back in November.