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World Half-Marathon Championship 2020

World Athletics Half-Marathon Championships 2020

Gdynia, Poland

Saturday October 17th 2020

Women's Half-Marathon Start: 10am (Irish Time)

Men's Half-Marathon Start: 11:30am (Irish Time)

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Anne Marie McGlynn, Letterkenny AC, Kevin Seaward, St Malachy's AC and Hugh Armstrong, Ballina AC, comprise the three person Irish squad at Saturday's World Half-Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland.


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Anne Marie McGlynn, Letterkenny AC, Kevin Seaward, St Malachy's AC and Hugh Armstrong, Ballina AC


Originally scheduled for last March, the event was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and will now be the only European or World Championship event to go ahead in 2020. The original coursee comprised a single 13.1 Mile lap, while the final course consists of four 5.5 km laps.

World Athletics have developed comprehensive Covid-19 Safety protocols to enable the event to go ahead, and Athletics Ireland has drawn up its own Covid-19 policy for Team Ireland travelling to International Competitions, based on Sport Ireland and World Athletics protocols, and the Irish squad will be subject to further testing, monitoring and restricted movement protocols when they return to Ireland

A final entry of 157 men and 126 women, from 62 countries has been received, however this will be hit by withdrawals, such as Canada, who withdrew their squad in recent days, due to fears around the rising Covid figures in Poland.

Entry Lists


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Two of the leading contenders:  Peres Jepchirchir (Kenya) and Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda)


Preview of Women's Race

Leading Women Contenders

RankForenameSurnameCountryPBSeason's BestWorld Ranking
1 Ababel YESHANEH ETH 01:04:31 01:04:31 9
2 Peres JEPCHIRCHIR KEN 01:05:06 01:05:34 24
3 Rosemary WANJIRU KEN 01:05:34 01:05:34 6
4 Yalemzerf YEHUALAW ETH 01:06:01 01:06:35 19
5 Dorcas Jepchumba KIMELI KEN 01:07:10 01:07:10 7
6 Brillian Jepkorir KIPKOECH KEN 01:07:12 01:08:08 23
7 Charlotte PURDUE GBR 01:08:23 01:08:23 49
8 Melat Yisak KEJETA GER 01:08:41 01:08:56 82
9 Glenrose XABA RSA 01:09:30 01:09:30 86
10 Bontu Edao REBITU BRN 01:09:47 01:09:47  -

Preview of Men's Race


Leading Men Contenders

RankForenameSurnameCountryPBSeason's BestWorld Ranking
1 Kibiwott KANDIE KEN 58:38:00 58:38:00 8
2 Bernard Kipkorir NGENO KEN 59:07:00 59:26:00 5
3 Andamlak BELIHU ETH 59:10:00 59:52:00 4
4 Stephen KISSA UGA 01:00:00 01:00:00 13
5 Callum HAWKINS GBR 01:00:00 01:00:01 54
6 Leonard BARSOTON KEN 59:09:00 01:00:02 69
7 Julien WANDERS SUI 59:13:00 01:00:46 10
8 Benard KIMELI KEN 59:07:00 01:01:00 7
9 Victor KIPLANGAT UGA 01:00:16 01:01:04 58
10 Maru TEFERI ISR 01:00:52 01:01:23 107
11 Mohamed Reda EL AARABY MAR 01:00:38 01:01:25 88
12 Stephen MOKOKA RSA 59:51:00 01:01:28 44




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