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Africa signs five world records in 2018

beatrice-chepkoechAfrican athletics has been very successful in 2018 with five (5) new world records, including two for women, two for men and one for U20 boys.

24 March, Valencia – women’s half marathon world record

1:06:11wo Netsanet Gudeta Kebede (ETH)

Previous: 1:06:25wo Lornah Kiplagat (NED) Udine 14 Oct 2007 

The women-only world record looked vulnerable before the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 but few would have predicted that Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta would be the one to claim it.

20 July, Monaco – women’s steeplechase world record

8:44.32 Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN)

Previous: 8:52.78 Ruth Jebet (BRN) Paris 2 Aug 2016 

Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech produced one of the stand-out moments of the IAAF Diamond League season when chopping eight seconds off the world steeplechase record in Monaco.

31 August, Brussels – men’s 5000m world U20 record

12:43.02 Selemon Barega (ETH)

Previous: 12:47.53 Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH) Paris 6 Jul 2012 

The majority of the field in the men’s 5000m at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels latched on to the early fast tempo set by the pacemakers and were rewarded with huge PBs. Selemon Barega was the first to finish, though, and his winning time smashed the world U20 record. 

16 September, Berlin – men’s marathon world record

2:01:39 Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)

Previous: 2:02:57 Dennis Kimetto (KEN) Berlin 28 Sep 2014

After several previous record attempts were thwarted for various reasons, everything finally fell into place for Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin as he clocked 2:01:39, smashing the world record by 78 seconds – the biggest single improvement on a men’s marathon world record since 1967.

28 October, Valencia – men’s half marathon world record

58:18 Abraham Kiptum (KEN)

Previous: 58:23 Zersenay Tadese (ERI) Lisbon 21 March 2010 

Zersenay Tadese’s world record had withstood numerous challenges over the past eight years, but Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum finally took it down in Valencia with his run of 58:18.