Klagenfurt (Austria), Sunday 21 August 2011
Florence Jebet Kiplagat set a new course record at the Wörthersee Half Marathon 2011
On a very warm and sunny day in the Alps, Kenya's reigning World Half Marathon Champion Florence Jebet Kiplagat celebrated victory in the 'Kärnten läuft 2011' half marathon along the northern shore of the Wörthersee in Austria.
The 24-year-old, who was also World Cross Country Champion 2009, set a new course record of 1:08:02, which is a particularly noteworthy achievement considering the high temperatures of 23-25°C (73-77°F) during the race.
Kenyan athletes had a clean sweep of the podium places in both the women's and the men's race, with sub-2:05 marathon runner Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich (29) winning the men's race in 1:02:25.
The top European finishers were Austria's Markus Hohenwarter (1:06:01), who lives near the Wörthersee in the province of Kärnten, and Kenyan-born Lucia Kimani of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1:15:31).
Over 3000 runners took part in the race, which followed a mildly undulating route from the resort of Velden at the lake's western end to the Europapark in Klagenfurt.
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, winner of the Wörthersee Half Marathon 2011
The top European finishers: Lucia Kimani of Bosnia and Herzegovina (4th place) ...
... and Markus Hohenwarter of Austria (10th place).
Results" Kärnten läuft 2011": Wörthersee Half Marathon Velden-Klagenfurt
Men: 2360 finishers
|1.||Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich||KEN||1:02:25|
|2.||Geoffrey Gikuni Ndungu||KEN||1:03:19|
|3.||Charles Wachira Maina||KEN||1:03:31|
|4.||Elija Tarus Meli||KEN||1:03:41|
|5.||Richard Kiprono Bett||KEN||1:04:33|
Women: 710 finishers
General information and map of the venue:
Third place for Filomena Chepchirchir, winner of this year's 25K in Berlin.
Silvie Tramoy was 10th woman across the line.
Shortly before the finish runners crossed the Seebühne, an open-air theatre on the lake.