Irish pbs in Barcelona half as Kiplagat rewrites world record
Leevale’s Lizzie Lee finished second in 74:06 behind Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat who set a new world record of 65:09 at the Barcelona half marathon yesterday.
Kiplagat rewrote the record books for the second time in succession on this course and to put into context it was two 30:50 10ks back-to-back.
Lee finished second behind the diminutive Kenyan and more than played her part in the record. “I pinned on her race number (very aerodynamically) and then she broke the world record,” said Lee on Facebook. “Very cool experience” As for her own performance she said: “the race was grand, hoped for faster but calf locked up.” Despite her calf locking up it was a personal best and bodes well for the Rotterdam marathon in April.
Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock) ran a personal best of 64:40 to finish 11th in the men’s race won by Swtizerland’s Tadesse Abraham in 60:42. “It was a solo run,” said Clohisey after the race. “I was 48:49 on my watch through 10 miles. I slowed a bit the last few miles so I need to work on that.”
Sean Hehir was unable to finish while there was a host of other Irish runners including Cillian O’Leary (69:37), Michael Herlihy (69:52) and David Mansfield (70:29).
You can read the IAAF race report here