Geoffrey Kamworor ran a new half-marathon world record of 58:01 on Sunday at the Copenhagen Half-Marathon. The runner did this in reportedly sub-optimal conditions that were described as stormy. Not only did this mark smash the previous record held by Abraham Kiptum at 58:18 set in Valencia last October by 17 seconds, but it was the equivalent of running two world-standard-achieving 10,000m times, and then continuing for another 1.1K.
The IAAF published historically difficult world and Olympic standards this spring. These standards were steep, and some high-profile runners struggled to meet them this summer, with some failing. However, Kamworor’s run was so strong that en route to his 58:18, he ran under the world 10,000m standard of 27:40, and then did it again, and then kept going to 21.1K. The new world record-holder also ran these times on the road (the standards are intended for the track which typically runs faster).
Moh Ahmed, the Canadian record-holder in the 10,000m, was the only Canadian to achieve standard within the qualifying window, and Lopez Lomong, Shadrack Kipchirchir, Leonard Korir and Kirubel Erassa were the only Americans.
Up next for Kamworor is the 2019 New York City Marathon.