She finished 22nd, was the best of the South Americans, and broke the national record for the distance with a time of 1h10m30. Daiana Ocampo and Marcela Gómez also improved their personal brands. Among men, Arbe was 77th.
Argentine athletes had a remarkable performance in the World Half Marathon Championship, contested on the cold morning of this Saturday October 17 at a circuit by the sea in Gdynia, Poland.
Florence Borelli, ranked 22nd, achieved the best performance of an Argentine woman in history of this World Athletics competition and broke the national distance record with 1h10m30, improving his own record that was 1h11m58, achieved on September 10, 2017 at the 21k in Buenos Aires. Borelli also broke national records as he passed the 15 and 20 kilometers with 50m12 and 1h06m56, respectively.
Borelli was the best among the South American competitors in this race, which brought together the most notable long distance runners in the world. And he led the Argentine team that ranked 13th overall.
Daiana ocampo, with his personal best of 1h11m50, he ranked 45th, while Marcela gomez -the marathoner who has already qualified for the Olympics- was 72nd. and also set his personal record in the distance of 21k with 1h14m18.
Until now, the best Argentine performance in a women’s half-marathon World Cup had been Griselda Gonzalez, 24th. in Belfort 1995 with the then record of 1h13m11 (in men, Anthony Valens was runner-up in 1992).
In the male branch, meanwhile, the Patagonian Joaquín Arbe was 77th with 1h13m55, his second personal best.
Keep in mind that it was the first competition in more than seven months for our athletes, who were inactive due to the Covid-19 pandemic and who -in almost all cases- had to train in very difficult conditions.
Other teams were able to return to training and competitions much earlier.
The men’s event marked the current sensation of Ugandan athletics, as young prodigy Jacob Kiplimo prevailed with 58m49, ahead of Kenyan Kibiwot Kandie (58m54) and Amdenwor Walelegn (59m08).
The new star of world athletics, also Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei, made his debut in a half marathon and took 4th place with 59m21, in a test in which the top ten ran under an hour. Cheptegei had just smashed the world records of the classic long distance tests on the track: 5 thousand and 10 thousand flat meters.
The women’s event was won by Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir, who thus regained the throne that she had held four years earlier in Cardiff. Jepchirchir clocked 1h05m16, which is the best record of an exclusive women’s race (she had it with 1h05m34 since last month in Prague).
In a very rugged test – with several crashes and falls of the leading group – Jepchirchir surpassed by just 2 seconds Melat Ysak Kejeta, an Ethiopian who now represents Germany and who lowered the mark of her country in almost three minutes. The podium was completed with the Ethiopian Yalemzere Yehualan in 1h05m19.
Another Ethiopian, who contributed to the triumph of her country in teams, was Ababel Yeshaneh, fifth in 1h05m41. Ababel was the winner of the 21k in Buenos Aires last year and holds the women’s world record with 1h04m31, achieved in February 2020 in Ras-al-Khaimah. The winner of the 2018 Valencia World Cup, the Kenyan Joycilne Jepkosgei, finished sixth in 1h05m58.