04 April Sunday

New World Record at N Kolay Istanbul Half-Marathon

On Sunday, a new world record was made at the N Kolay 16th Istanbul Half Marathon, organized by Spor Istanbul Inc., an affiliate company of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM). Arriving at Istanbul as the world champion, Kenyan athlete Ruth Chepngetich, broke with a time of one hour four minutes and two seconds the previous the women's half-marathon world record. Kibiwott Kandie of Kenya won the men's race with a time of fifty-nine minutes and thirty-five seconds.

N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon was held in the picturesque surroundings of the historical peninsula. The race, which had been categorized by World Athletics as Elite Label, was the only European half-marathon scheduled for the spring. Approximately only four thousand athletes were allowed to participate due to the current pandemic.

The start of the race was given by Mr. Can Akın Çağlar, IMM Secretary-General; Mr. İ. Renay Onur, General Manager of SPOR İSTANBUL Inc.; Mr. Fatih Çintımar, President of the Turkish Athletics Federation; Mrs. Ayşegül Adaca, General Manager of Aktif Bank; Mr. İlker Öztürk, IMM Youth and Sports Director; and Mr. Göksun Öz, Deputy Director of Istanbul Youth and Sports Provincial Directorate.

Immersed in History

The athletes started at the Yenikapı Square, continued on the Kennedy Avenue to the Galata Bridge, made a U-turn at the lights by its end, and proceeded to Fatih. With another U-turn before the Haliç Bridge, the course concluded at its starting point in Yenikapı.

With all precautions against the pandemic were taken at the race, at which the women's half-marathon world record was broken. Kenya's Ruth Chepngetich set a new world record, finishing in one hour four minutes and two seconds. Chepngetich, who won also previous championships in Istanbul, was followed by Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw (1:04:40), with Kenyan Hellen Obiri at third place (1:04:51). This was the first time that three women have finished under 65 minutes in one half-marathon.

Kenyan Athletes in Top Three

In the men's race, world record-holder Kibiwott Kandie won by fifty-nine minutes and thirty-five seconds. Kandie held off the challenge of compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor, who came in second (59:38). Also Kenyan, Roncer Kipkorir was third (59:45).

Leading results


1 Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 1:04:02

2 Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH) 1:04:40

3 Hellen Obiri (KEN) 1:04:51

4 Joan Chelimo Melly (KEN) 1:05:09

5 Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 1:06:01

6 Hiwot Gebrekidan (ETH) 1:06:47

7 Bekelech Gudeta (ETH) 1:06:54

8 Alia Saeed Mohammed (UAE) 1:07:31

9 Melat Kejeta (GER) 1:07:33

10 Yasemin Can (TUR) 1:08:32


1 Kibiwott Kandie (KEN) 59:35

2 Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) 59:38

3 Roncer Kipkorir (KEN) 59:46

4 Amdework Walelegn (ETH) 59:48

5 Leonard Barsoton (KEN) 59:59

6 Stephen Kissa (UGA) 1:00:02

7 Benard Ngeno (KEN) 1:00:28

8 Vestus Chemjor (KEN) 1:02:07

9 Getaye Fisseha Gelaw (ETH) 1:03:32

10 Aras Kaya (TUR) 1:03:36

  • Weather Forecast
  • Traffic
  • Social Facilities