Gidey shatters world half marathon record with mesmerising display

Published 24 Oct 2021

Letesenbet Gidey produced a jaw-dropping debut for the NN Running Team by obliterating the world half marathon record, posting a dazzling 1:02:52 on the streets of Valencia.

The Ethiopian, who holds the world 5000m and 10,000m on track, added the half-marathon record with an exhilarating display of distance running to wipe 1:10 from the previous world record.

On a sunny day in “The City of Running” Letesenbet hit the 10km split in an eye-popping 29:45 some 35 seconds on the world record pace of Ruth Chepng’etich.

By the 15km mark – which she hit in 44:29 – she was a remarkable 1:01 ahead of world record schedule.

Running with her beautifully rhythmic style, the 23-year-old maintained her astonishing pace to re-write the record books and point to a future on the road of infinite possibilities.

I’m so happy to break the world record in my first half marathon and my first race for the NN Running Team! Gracias Valencia.