Kosgei shatters course record in win at Houston

  • The 17th edition of Aramco Houston Half Marathon lived up to its reputation for being flat and fast, with former Chicago marathon winner Brigid Kosgei running the fastest race ever on American soil.
  • By 15km, Kosgei and compatriot Fancy Chemutai had a 17-second lead over defending champion Ruti Aga of Ethiopia and the former soon pulled ahead for good.
  • Chemutai, who owns the second-fastest half marathon time in history, would finish second in 1:06:48, the fifth-fastest time ever run in the US with Aga third in 1:06:56, the eighth-fastest, giving the Aramco Houston Half Marathon the eight fastest times ever run.
  • In the men’s race, Shura Kitata of Ethiopia outlasted Jemal Yimer, the third-fastest half marathoner in history, surging ahead in the final kilometre to win by three seconds, in 1:00:11.

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