On Sunday morning at London’s Vitality Big Half Kenenisa Bekele shattered Mo Farah’s course record, running 1:00:22 to take over a minute off the old mark. Sunday’s race was billed as a showdown between Bekele and Lawrence Cherono, but Cherono didn’t finish. Farah didn’t race on Sunday due to an Achilles injury.
Second place went to Britain’s Christopher Thompson and his compatriot Jake Smith secured third.
— Tom Marshall (@TomMarshall1500) March 1, 2020
Sunday’s half-marathon was a tune up race for Bekele, who’s set to run the London Marathon in April. There, Bekele will face current world record holder (and the only person to run a marathon in under two hours) Eliud Kipchoge. Bekele’s PB of 2:01:41 is only two seconds off of Kipchoge’s official world record. Bekele ran the time at the 2019 Berlin Marathon, shocking running fans who had almost entirely counted the runner out for the win, let alone the second-fastest time ever run.
London 2020 will also feature the fifth-fastest marathoner of all time, Mosinet Geremew, who owns a 2:02:55 PB.
— The Vitality Big Half (@OfficialBigHalf) March 1, 2020
In the Big Half women’s race, Britain’s Lily Partridge won with a time of 1:10:50. In the wheelchair competition, Canadian Brent Lakatos was the winner. One the women’s side, Shelly Woods would take the title.
The London Marathon will run April 26.