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Florence Kiplagat Breaks Half Marathon Record

By February 19, 2014

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Track and field records continued to tumble last weekend, but after four world records were set indoors in the previous weeks, Florence Kiplagat broke an outdoor mark on Sunday. The Kenyan ran in the eDreams Mitja Marató half marathon in Barcelona and finished in 1:05:12 to break the 2010 mark of 1:05:50 set by Mary Keitany. Despite using two pacemakers, Kiplagat trailed the world-record pace halfway through the race, but she caught up and then passed Keitany's pace by the 15km mark, shortly before her pacemakers dropped out. On her way to victory, Kiplagat also broke Keitany's 20km world record, passing through that distance in 1:01:56.

One day earlier, at the Millrose Games in New York, Millrose favorite Bernard Lagat broke the American indoor 2000-meter record, winning the race in 4:54.74. Steve Scott set the previous mark of 4:58.6 in 1981. In other Millrose highlights, Will Leer won the Wanamaker Mile in 3:52.47, while Mary Cain won the women's mile in 4:27.73.

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