Now this is how to win the World Half Marathon Championship. Kenyan ace Geoffrey Kamworor’s ripping victory in 59:10 (that’s averaging four minutes and 30 seconds per mile for 13.1 miles) at Sunday’s race in Cardiff, Wales, is a thing of physiological wonder. That any human could scissor his legs over pavement that quickly for nearly an hour stands on its own.
More amazing than that? Kamworor slipped on the rain-soaked road right at the start, went down hard, and was trampled by runners behind him. It was estimated he lost seven seconds and undoubtedly a whole lot of focus as his race plan underwent some serious on-the-fly revisions.
Cardiff is a very flat course so low times should be a given but that weather was some of the worst I’ve seen in years here.