4th April 2021 – Two years ago Hellen Obiri (KEN) became the first female athlete to win World titles on the track, indoors, and cross-country. On Sunday, Hellen made her debut over the half marathon and after an outstanding performance wrote herself into the history books once again.
The roads of Istanbul witnessed the highest quality women’s half marathon ever, with the World Record being broken and Hellen finishing in third position with a time of 64:51. This in itself is the fastest female half marathon debut of all time, but on top of this, Hellen now holds the honour of being the only female in history to run sub 4:00 for 1500m, sub 8:30 for 3000m, sub 14:30 for 5000m, sub 30:00 for 10km and sub 65:00 for the half marathon. An incredible range from an incredible athlete.
In Florida, 400m runners Fred Kerley (USA) and Matthew Hudson-Smith (GBR) both competed at the Pure Athletics Spring Invitational. Fred took another two chunks off his 100m PB as he took his heat in 10.06 seconds (+1.7), and then won the final in 10.03 seconds (+1.0). Matthew opened his season in fine style by winning the 400m in 45:51 seconds, his fastest time since 2019.