Barcelona once again proved to be a rewarding city for Florence Kiplagat as the Kenyan set a world record at the half marathon on Sunday (February 15). Kiplagat had set the previous record of 65:12 at the same event last year, and improved on this time by a further three seconds.
Despite the fact much of the country had been experiencing heavy rainfall for the weekend, conditions in Barcelona were mild at about ten degrees and just slightly overcast. Kiplagat clearly made the most of this, setting world records for 15k and 20k of 46:14 and 1:01:54 respectively.
Reflecting on her performance, the Kenyan said: “I began to believe I could break records at 11km, then I got to 15km and through that was enough, especially as I am preparing for the London Marathon. I also had to ease back twice in the next five kilometres so I was amazed I was still on world record pace at 20km.”
Sensing that a record was in her grasp, Kiplagat added: “In the final few hundred metres, my coach (Renato Canova) was yelling at me, ‘C’mon, you can do it', so I just said to myself, 'Right, we are going for it!'”
In such fine form, Kiplagat looks likely to be one of the favourites for London Marathon in April.