Ethiopian marathoner, Netsanet Gudeta has smashed the world half marathon record at the IAAF/Trinidada Alfonso world half marathon championship in Valencia on Saturday to set her own 66:11 record.
Gudeta shattered the only women record set by Lornah Kiplagat in 2007 in Udine as she race past favourite, Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya in the 14km half marathon.
A 13- strong group consisting of three Kenyan runners, five Ethiopian and a Bahrainis raced through the first 3km in 9:20.
Hotsportstv.com gathered from IAAF that Gudeta passed 18km in an unofficial 56:45 to bring the World and Championship record back into focus and then speeded up to go through 20km in 1:02:53.
An overwhelmed Gudeta said”The race went according to plan, I was only thinking about the gold medal.
She said it was a part of her pre-race plans to let the Kenyans take the pace through the first half of the race and her training has been geared towards sustaining a fast pace all the way to the finish.
She was awarded the $50,000 price for the world record bonus.