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2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

Updated: 2017-06-15T22:02Z
19th World Half Marathon Championships
Host cityNanning, Guangxi, China China
Nations participating30
Athletes participating123
Dates16 October 2010
Race length21.0975 km
(13.1 mi)
Individual prize money (US$)1st: 30,000
2nd: 15,000
3rd: 10,000
4th: 7,000
5th: 5,000
6th: 3,000
Team prize money (US$)1st: 15,000
2nd: 12,000
3rd: 9,000
4th: 7,500
5th: 6,000
6th: 3,000
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The 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships was held in Nanning, China on 16 October 2010.[1] The competition took place on the city streets, beginning and ending at Wuxiang Square, with a total prize purse of US$245,000 at stake.[2]

The Kenyan athletes emerged with both the individual and team titles in the men's and women's races. Despite limited experience in top level half marathon races, Wilson Kiprop and Florence Kiplagat won their respective races. Kiprop broke Zersenay Tadese's winning streak which dated back to 2006, out-sprinting the defending champion in the final stages. Sammy Kitwara won the men's bronze medal and helped Kenya to the men's team title. Led by Zersenay, the Eritrean men beat Ethiopia to the team silver medal spot.

Kiplagat, who was ever present at the front of the women's race, outdid Ethiopian Dire Tune in the last kilometre to win her second gold medal on the global stage. Mirroring Kitwara, Kenya's women's bronze medallist Peninah Jerop Arusei secured the team's victory over Ethiopia. Representing the hosts, Zhu Xiaolin was the only non-African to reach the top eight at the championships. The joint effort of the Japanese women aided them to a sixth consecutive team bronze medal – making them the only medalling country outside of the typically strong African triumvirate of Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

A total of thirty countries were represented at the 19th edition of the competition and 123 runners altogether were entered into the men's and women's races. The event was the final edition to be held on an annual schedule, as the competition switched to a biennial format for the 2012 championships.


The city of Nanning was announced as the host venue for the 2010 World Half Marathon Championship at the IAAF Council Meeting in Monaco in November 2008. The winning bid was a continuation of a series of major international athletics events in the People's Republic of China, which included the 2006 World Junior Championships and a highly successful athletics competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[3][4] It was the first time that China hosted the competition, becoming the second Asian country to do so after India, which held the 2004 edition in New Delhi.[5]

The Local Organizing Committee was headed by the Nanning Sports Bureau and worked in conjunction with the Chinese Athletics Association and the IAAF.[6] The event gained a high-profile title sponsor in Sinopec, the major Chinese state-owned petroleum corporation.[4] The competition featured an original event mascot – an anthropomorphic ox, called "Ah Niu", which was dressed in the traditional costume of the Zhuang people.[7]

In addition to the primary events of the day, the competition was held in conjunction with Nanning's 28th Liberation Day celebrations and mass races over 10 km and 4 km were also held.[8] The Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed live television coverage of the event via helicopter.[9]


Continuing in the tradition of previous editions, the championships comprised separate half marathon road races for men and women, with each race having an individual and international team aspect. Each nation could enter a maximum of five athletes per race and the team scores were calculated by combining the finishing times of each team's top three runners. Nations with less than three runners were disregarded for the team event and their runners competed for the individual prizes only.[10]

Athletes typically gained selection for their country in one of two ways: through recent performances on the international road running circuit, or via a performance at a specially designated half marathon national championships.[11]

A total prize money pot of US$245,000 was available to athletes at the championships, with awards being given those placing from first to sixth in both the individual and team sections. The amounts on offer for each competition were equal across the sexes. The top prize for the individual race winners was $30,000, while the three athletes in the winning teams earned a share of $15,000. A further $50,000 was provided as in incentive for runners who improved upon the half marathon world record mark, but ultimately this award was not claimed at the 2010 championships. All athletes receiving prize money needed to submit to – and pass – a doping test in order to claim their award.[10]

Prize money (US$)
Individual race30,00015,00010,0007,0005,0003,000
Team race15,00012,0009,0007,5006,0003,000


A fountain in Wuxiang Square – the start and finish point for the race

The half marathon course was designed in a double-looped, or figure eight, format which had Wuxiang Square as the central start and finish point for the race, situated just off Nanning's Minzu Avenue. The route left the square in a westerly direction along Minzu Avenue, before turning north on Binhu Road. It turned left onto Changu Road and followed Dongge Road up to the Guangxi People's Hall, which was around the 8 km mark. Turning back eastwards via Minsheng Road and Gonghe Road, the route ran along the straightway of Minzu Avenue, passing the halfway marker at this point.[12][13][14]

The racers then headed right to go south along Shuangyong Road and Qingshan Road, passing the Qingzhu Flyover on their way. Going northwards along Zhuxi Avenue, the race came up to the Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center and headed east on Minzu Road before doubling back via Qingxiu Road. Tracing a path alongside The Admiral City Shopping Mall, the route went east to return the starting point of Wuxiang Square.[12][13][14] There was little elevation on the generally flat course, which ranged between eight and twelve metres wide along the route.[10]

The championships were held on 16 October 2010. The women's race began at 8:30am local time (GMT+8) and the men's competition began half an hour after this. In addition to the elite races, a complementary mass fun run event of 10 km and 4 km was held for the people of Nanning (beginning at 9:15am). The competitions took place in the morning in order to avoid the heat of the day in what is one of PR China's most southerly cities.[10]

Nanhu Park was the designated training area for the athletes in attendance.[13]


Men Wilson Kiprop (KEN)1:00:07 Zersenay Tadesse (ERI)1:00:11 Sammy Kitwara (KEN)1:00:22
Women Florence Kiplagat (KEN)1:08:24 Dire Tune (ETH)1:08:34 Peninah Arusei (KEN)1:09:05
Team Men Kenya3:01:32 Eritrea3:03:04 Ethiopia3:05:26
Team Women Kenya3:26:59 Ethiopia3:27:33 Japan3:33:40

Men's race

The favourite for the men's race was Eritrean runner Zersenay Tadese (the defending champion with four straight wins), who had broken the world record earlier that year with a run of 58:23 minutes at the Lisbon Half Marathon.[15] Newly minted African Champion Wilson Kiprop was the most prominent of the Kenyan contingent, which was the clear favourite for the team title through its hoard of sub-60 minute runners including Sammy Kitwara, Silas Kipruto and Moses Mosop. Other contenders were Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa and Eritrean Samuel Tsegay.[16][17][18] Kenya was the defending champion in the team race.[19]

Zersenay Tadese (pictured in Cáceres in 2007) attempted to extend his winning streak at the championships

The hot and humid conditions in Nanning slowed the runners' pace and twelve of them remained within the main pack by the 10 km point. The following five kilometres was decisive for the race, as Samuel Tsegay, Titus Masai and Mosop were all left trailing. The leading four runners were soon reduced to three, as Kipruto fell away to leave Zersenay Tadese, Wilson Kiprop and Sammy Kitwara to battle for the medal positions. Zersenay and Kiprop were neck and neck in the lead from the last kilometre and it was Kiprop who pulled away in the final 100 metres to break the Eritrean's four-year undefeated streak. Zersenay faded badly at the end and appeared injured after taking second place. Kitwara and Kipruto were third and fourth, sealing the Kenyan team victory, while Samuel Tsegay's fifth place helped Eritrea to the team silver.[20][21][22]

The win continued Kiprop's meteoric rise of 2010 – a year in which he had gone from a low-profile circuit runner to the 10,000 metres Kenyan and African champion, with a sub-60 minute half marathon best after wins in Paris and Lille.[23][24] Silver medallist Zersenay received some consolation as he was given the AIMS/Citizen World's Fastest Time Award days after the competition in respect of his position as world record holder, becoming only the second half marathon athlete to be selected for the accolade after Lornah Kiplagat.[25][26] There were no surprise breakthroughs in the men's race as all the top performers were those predicted to make an impact before the race. However, there were some other achievements of note including: Kitwara's first individual medal for Kenya, personal bests for Birhanu Bekele and Tomoya Onishi in eighth and ninth place respectively, and (much further back in the field) a national record for Bhutanese racer Passang Passang.[27]

Men's results

The Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center was one of the landmarks along the race route
Gold medal icon.svgWilson Kiprop Kenya1:00:07
Silver medal icon.svgZersenay Tadese Eritrea1:00:11
Bronze medal icon.svgSammy Kitwara Kenya1:00:22
4Silas Kipruto Kenya1:01:03
5Samuel Tsegay Eritrea1:01:13SB
6Titus Masai Kenya1:01:24
7Lelisa Desisa Ethiopia1:01:28
8Birhanu Bekele Ethiopia1:01:28PB
9Tomoya Onishi Japan1:01:31PB
10Moses Mosop Kenya1:01:31
11Tewelde Estifanos Eritrea1:01:40PB
12Tsuyoshi Ugachi Japan1:01:49PB
13Amanuel Mesel Eritrea1:02:07PB
14Abrha Adhanom Eritrea1:02:13PB
15Asefa Mengstu Ethiopia1:02:30PB
16Lungisa Mdedelwa South Africa1:02:58
17Damião de Souza Brazil1:03:07PB
18Samuel Segoaba South Africa1:03:09
19Sean Quigley United States1:03:23PB
20Ruben Iindongo France1:03:26
21Masato Imai Japan1:03:28SB
22Wissem Hosni Tunisia1:03:30PB
23Antonio Vega United States1:03:37
24Moorosi Soke South Africa1:03:46
25Rachid Nadij Spain1:03:47PB
26Zolani Ntongana South Africa1:03:49
27Ali Abdosh Ethiopia1:04:26PB
28Abuna Junid Ethiopia1:04:36PB
29John Cusi Peru1:04:43
30Djamel Bachiri France1:04:49
31Osamu Ibata Japan1:04:49
32Yang Dinghong China1:04:50
33Driss El-Himer France1:04:52
34José Ríos Spain1:04:53
35Jaime Caldua Peru1:05:00
36Lucketz Swartbooi Namibia1:05:27
37Constantino León Peru1:05:29
38Sergio Pedraza Mexico1:05:30SB
39Andrew Carlson United States1:05:38SB
40Giovane dos Santos Brazil1:05:41
41His Youssouf Djibouti1:05:45PB
42Mande Ilunga DR Congo1:06:14PB
43Yohan Durand France1:06:29
44Clinton Perrett Australia1:06:47SB
45Boiphemelo Selagaboy Botswana1:07:12PB
46Li Fei China1:07:13PB
47Kelebonye Simbowa Botswana1:07:19PB
48Raúl Pacheco Peru1:07:22
49Pedro Santos Spain1:07:24
50Sibusiso Nzima South Africa1:07:26
51Ndabili Bashingili Botswana1:07:28SB
52Hassan El Ahmadi France1:07:50SB
53Ramoseka Raobine Botswana1:08:16PB
54Kaelo Mosalagae Botswana1:08:25SB
55Gao Laiyuan China1:08:55
56Ben Bruce United States1:09:26PB
57Goumaneh Omar Doualeh Djibouti1:09:41PB
58Stephen Shay United States1:10:12
59Eisa Hassan Marzouk Egypt1:10:26PB
60Cristinel Irimia Romania1:11:09
61Joaquim Chamane Angola1:11:43SB
62Erick Pérez Mexico1:11:52
63Shaban Mustafa Bulgaria1:11:59
64Aleksandr Moh Kyrgyzstan1:13:10PB
65Akihiko Tsumurai Japan1:13:28
66Mihail Krassilov Kazakhstan1:15:11PB
67Pasang Pasang Bhutan1:16:43NR
68Chan Chan Kit Macau1:18:07SB
Gold medal icon.svg KenyaWilson Kiprop
Sammy Kitwara
Silas Kipruto
Silver medal icon.svg EritreaZersenay Tadese
Samuel Tsegay
Tewelde Estifanos
Bronze medal icon.svg EthiopiaLelisa Desisa
Birhanu Bekele
Asefa Mengstu
4 JapanTomoya Onishi
Tsuyoshi Ugachi
Masato Imai
5 South AfricaLungisa Mdedelwa
Samuel Segoaba
Moorosi Soke
6 United StatesSean Quigley
Antonio Vega
Andrew Carlson
7 FranceRuben Iindongo
Djamel Bachiri
Driss El-Himer
8 PeruJohn Cusi
Jaime Caldua
Constantino León
9 SpainRachid Nadij
José Ríos
Pedro Santos
10 ChinaYang Dinghong
Li Fei
Gao Laiyuan
11 BotswanaBoiphemelo Selagaboy
Kelebonye Simbowa
Ndabili Bashingili
  • Totals: 68 starters, 68 finishers, 26 nations represented, 11 national teams ranked.[27][28]

Women's race

The provisional favourite for the women's race was Kenyan runner Florence Kiplagat, who was the fastest entrant in the field through her win at the Lille Half Marathon in September (also her debut for the distance).[29] Her compatriots Peninah Arusei and Sarah Chepchirchir – second and third in Lille – completed the strongest three of the Kenyan women's team, which was considered the team to beat for the title. The Ethiopians, led by Boston Marathon winner Dire Tune, were their main opposition for the team race, although the nation had sent relatively inexperienced runners to the championships on this occasion. China's leading athlete was Zhu Xiaolin, who despite being an established marathon runner had less experience over the half distance.[30] Although Japan lacked a leading figure individually, their overall consistency (which had brought them team medals in the last five editions) demonstrated their team pedigree.[31] Kenya entered the tournament as the reigning team champions.[19]

Dire Tune (shown running at the Boston Marathon) led the Ethiopian women's challenge

The beginning to the race highlighted the dominance of the Kenyan and Ethiopian runners as they set a high tempo from the outset. By the time the first 5 km marker was passed, Australia's Nikki Chapple was the only athlete left in the leading pack to come from outside of the two historically strong nations. A few kilometres later, she dropped back from the pack and at the 10 km mark five Ethiopians and four Kenyans had a fifteen-second advantage on the rest of the field. As the race reached the midway point, the temperature began to increase and the heat and humidity reduced the pace of the runners. The conditions took their toll on some of the leaders in this section of the race. Chepchirchir slowed considerably while Meseret Mengistu, Joyce Chepkirui and Fate Tola were the next to gradually lose contact with the front runners. Kiplagat, Dire, Arusei and Feyse Tadese were the sole contenders remaining as the race headed towards the final stages, but Kiplagat and Dire soon left the other two trailing a few minutes later.[22][32][33]

Despite Dire's greater experience over long distances, it was Kiplagat who forged ahead in the last kilometre and she won the race with ten seconds to spare over her Ethiopian rival. Arusei was the third across the line half a minute later, while Feyse Tadese, Joyce Chepkirui, Meseret Mengistu and Fate Tola took places 4–7 around one minute behind the winner. It was Arusei's clear third place which proved the difference between the top African teams, as Kenya won the team gold by a margin of 34 seconds over Ethiopia. A strong final phase saw Zhu Xiaolin take eighth place for the hosts, which was the best non-African individual performance that year.[32] Japan's Yoshimi Ozaki and Ryoko Kizaki were immediately behind her, failing to get a top eight finish but yet again leading the country to the team bronze with a buffer of over six minutes between them and Australia.[33][34]

Kiplagat collected her first international road running title in only her second effort over the half marathon distance – her second world title after the senior crown at the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She said her next priority would be taking a medal on the track "That is my goal for next year (World Championships in Daegu) and at the next Olympics".[35] For Dire and Arusei – both prolific road runners – this was their first individual medal on the world stage.[36][37] The younger Ethiopians (Feyse Tadese, Meseret Mengistu and Fate Tola) missed out on the medals but still set personal bests for the half marathon, as did Kenyan Joyce Chepkirui.[32]

Women's results

Peninah Arusei (pictured in 2007) won a bronze medal to help Kenya to the team gold.
Gold medal icon.svgFlorence Kiplagat Kenya1:08:24
Silver medal icon.svgDire Tune Ethiopia1:08:34
Bronze medal icon.svgPeninah Arusei Kenya1:09:05
4Feyse Tadese Ethiopia1:09:28PB
5Joyce Chepkirui Kenya1:09:30PB
6Meseret Mengistu Ethiopia1:09:31PB
7Fate Tola Ethiopia1:09:38PB
8Zhu Xiaolin China1:11:01
9Yoshimi Ozaki Japan1:11:02
10Ryoko Kizaki Japan1:11:03
11Sarah Chepchirchir Kenya1:11:03
12Nicole Chapple Australia1:11:25
13Azusa Nojiri Japan1:11:35
14Abebech Afework Ethiopia1:11:38
15Hiroko Miyauchi Japan1:11:40
16Helalia Johannes Namibia1:11:57SB
17Karolina Jarzyńska Poland1:12:36
18Claire Hallissey Great Britain1:13:07
19Stephanie Rothstein United States1:13:37SB
20Eden Tesfalem Eritrea1:13:41PB
21Gladys Tejeda Peru1:13:46PB
22Marisol Romero Mexico1:14:13PB
23Karina Pérez Mexico1:14:20SB
24Jessica Trengove Australia1:14:21
25Adriana Aparecida da Silva Brazil1:14:24
26Benita Willis Australia1:14:28
27Sueli Silva Brazil1:14:31
28Jimena Misayauri Peru1:14:31
29Noriko Higuchi Japan1:14:56
30Fabiana Cristine da Silva Brazil1:15:10
31Louisa Leballo South Africa1:15:11
32Karine Pasquier France1:15:19
33Paula Todorán Romania1:15:29
34Azucena Díaz Spain1:15:38
35Hao Xiaofan China1:16:03
36Samia Akbar United States1:16:15
37Zintle Xiniwe South Africa1:16:21
38Loretta Kilmer United States1:16:32
39Kristen Zaitz United States1:16:51
40Julia Rivera Peru1:17:43
41Heidi Westover/Westerling United States1:18:06
42Cassie Fien Australia1:18:59
43Mpho Mabuza South Africa1:19:24
44Ding Changqin China1:20:01
45Amira Ben Amor Tunisia1:20:19
46Silvia Danekova Bulgaria1:21:21
47Paula Apolonio Mexico1:23:01
48Luz Eliana Silva Chile1:23:25
49Irvette van Blerk South Africa1:24:52
50Thozama April South Africa1:26:48
51Ho Pui Yan Macau1:42:13
Melinda Vernon AustraliaDNF
Emily Tallen CanadaDNF
Patricia Laubertie FranceDNF
Eunice Kales KenyaDNF
Japan's Yoshimi Ozaki (shown running in the 2009 World Championship Marathon) led her team to a sixth consecutive team medal.
Gold medal icon.svg KenyaFlorence Jebet Kiplagat
Peninah Jerop Arusei
Joyce Chepkirui
Silver medal icon.svg EthiopiaDire Tune
Feyse Tadese
Meseret Mengistu
Bronze medal icon.svg JapanYoshimi Ozaki
Ryoko Kizaki
Azusa Nojiri
4 AustraliaNicole Chapple
Jessica Trengove
Benita Willis
5 BrazilAdriana Aparecida da Silva
Sueli Silva
Fabiane Cristine da Silva
6 PeruGladys Tejeda
Jimena Misayauri
Julia Rivera
7 United StatesStephanie Rothstein
Samia Akbar
Loretta Kilmer
8 ChinaZhu Xiaolin
Hao Xiaofan
Ding Changqin
9 South AfricaLouisa Leballo
Zintle Xiniwe
Mpho Mabuza
10 MexicoMarisol Romero
Karina Pérez
Paula Apolonio
  • Totals: 55 starters, 51 finishers, 22 nations represented, 10 teams ranked.[33][38]


A total of thirty nations were represented at the championships, with a combined total of 123 male and female athletes in attendance. Five countries entered the maximum of five athletes per race: Ethiopia, Japan, Kenya, South Africa, and the United States.[27][38] British runner Andrew Lemoncello was scheduled to be his country's sole representative in the men's race, but he was refused entry into the country without explanation, causing a dispute between UK Athletics and the Chinese Athletic Association.[39][40]

Number of athletes in parentheses


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