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Kenyan Athlete Geoffrey Kamworor Broke the Half Marathon World Record

The athlete broke the world record by 17 seconds.

Seasoned Kenyan long distance runner, Geoffrey Kamworor, gave a stellar performance at the half marathon held in Copenhagen this past Sunday. Kamworor, who is a three-time World Half Marathon Champion, beat the previous record set by fellow Kenyan runner, Abraham Kiptum, by 17 seconds (58:01) according to BBC Sport.


Speaking about setting a new world record, Kamworor said, "It is very emotional for me to set this record. Doing it in Copenhagen, where I won my first world title, adds something to it." While the 26-year-old athlete was behind the world record in the first 5 kilometers of the race, he managed to close the gap in the final 11 kilometers.

According to Jon Mulkeen of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Kamworor had prioritized beating the previous world record for the half marathon and passed on the opportunity to represent Kenya at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, later on this month.

Kamworor clinched his first half marathon title back in 2014 and his third consecutive title just last year. He took home silver at the 2015 World Championships and came first in the New York City Marathon in 2017.

Watch the final moments of Kamworor's half marathon race in the video below:

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Kenya's Evans Chebet and Sharon Lokedi Win Big at the 2022 New York CityMarathon

Evans Chebet won the New York City Marathon men's race while Sharon Lokedi won the women's race. Both Chebet and Lokedi are from Kenya

It was a big weekend for Kenya. On Sunday, Evans Chebet won the New York City Marathon men's race while Sharon Lokedi won the women's race. Both Chebet and Lokedi are from Kenya and both were making their New York City Marathon debut.

It wasn't an easy win for Chebet. For a good portion of the race, Brazil's Daniel Do Nascimento was leading; however, Chebet, who also won the Boston Marathon earlier this year, was merely 40 seconds behind Do Nascimento. According to USA Today, Do Nascimento took an 18-second bathroom break at mile 21 and came to a complete stop a few minutes later only to find Chebet close on his heels. Do Nascimento's day ended when he collapsed to the ground with five miles to go. Chebet would finish the race in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 41 seconds, which was 13 seconds ahead of Ethiopia's Shura Kitata.

Chebet told reporters that he saw Do Nascimento go down but continued to race on. According to the Kenyan athlete, he "felt bad for him but had to continue to race."

"He knew that it was hot and humid and (Do Nascimento) was going at a high pace," Chebet said through a translator. "He has a lot of experience, and he knew he was going to surpass him."

Chebet also told interpreters that he was very thankful for the opportunity that the race gave him.

"Boston was actually harder, and it prepared him for the win for New York," Chebet said through an interpreter. "He's very thankful.

Lokedi also shared her excitement about winning, and said that her overall experience was amazing.

"I'm just so happy that I just won, you know," said Lokedi. "I'm really excited, just so happy that I did it here. The people out there, the course was amazing, the cheers, everything. I'm just thankful."

Lokedi finished her marathon in 2 minutes, 23 seconds, 23 and milliseconds, just ahead of Israel's Lonah Chemtai Salpeter.

"I didn't expect to win. I expected to run well," Lokedi said. "It was a good outcome, and I'm really excited."

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His debut album Mr Money With The Vibe, released in September, cracked into the Billboard 200 at #66, making it the highest charting debut album from Nigeria. On Apple’s Nigeria Top 100, it became the first album to have all 12 spots occupied. The UK leg of his international tour had tickets already sold out.

So then it’s no surprise that December’s tradition of concert-going in Lagos had enlisted him as a main attraction. He’s leaned into the grittier side of afrobeats, making street slang and Yoruba lyricism sound glamorous. And this is what fans crave for at this year’s Flytime Music Festival, where he would perform as a headliner.

The show promoters, Flytime Promotions, are seemingly the right handlers. Yearly, they host the biggest concert franchise in West Africa, doing so since 2004. At a time where Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and Davido were entering the mainstream in the mid and late aughts, Flytime Music Festival (or Rhythm Unplugged, as known to many), became a crucial entertainment vehicle that brought fans closer to the artists they idolized.

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