Athletics - Kiplagat smashes women's half marathon world record

Kenya's Florence Kiplagat set a world record for the women's half marathon with a blistering performance at a race in Barcelona on Sunday.

Athletics - Kiplagat smashes women's half marathon world record

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Florence Kiplagat

The 26-year-old recorded a time of one hour five minutes and 12 seconds, beating the previous best of 1:05:50 set by compatriot Mary Keitany in Ras Al Khaimah in February 2011.

Kiplagat's fastest time over the distance before Sunday was 1:06:38, in Ostia in February 2012, and she finished more than seven minutes ahead of second-placed Nicola Duncan of Britain.

"This is a not a day I will forget, I'm so happy," Kiplagat said on the IAAF website (

"The circuit was very fast and I really want to thank my pace makers, Marc Roig and Stanley Siroro, they did a great job," she added.

"I felt so well from the beginning and the weather was perfect, so I had the feeling that this could be a special day."

Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie broke the men's pole vault world record in Ukraine on Saturday and Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba set the fastest ever women's indoor two-mile time at the British Grand Prix in Birmingham.

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