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2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
Host city Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Nations participating 39
Athletes participating 157
Dates 2009-10-11
Race length 21.0975 kilometres
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
2008 Rio de Janeiro 2010 Nanning  >

The 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships was held in Birmingham, United Kingdom on 11 October 2009. It was the final event of the International Association of Athletics Federations' 2009 World Athletics Series.[1]


The city of Birmingham was selected by the IAAF Council after a presentation by UK Athletics and the Birmingham City Council.[2] It was the third time the championships were held in Great Britain, after the 1992 event on Tyneside and the 2001 edition in Bristol.[3] A number of events were scheduled to coincide with the Championships: a three-day convention for Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, as well as an IAAF press conference to discuss the future and progression of the sport.[4]

In addition to the main World Championship races, the Birmingham City Council and sponsored by EDF Energy, it was the second edition of the mass race which attracted over 9000 runners in 2008.[4] A total of 12,068 people signed up to run the Birmingham Half Marathon.[5]

A total of 47 IAAF member federations sent athletes to the championships, the highest number since the 2002 edition.[4]


The men's race and women's race started at BST 9.00 am and 9:30 am, respectively.[6] The course passed through Birmingham city centre and the city's southern suburbs, Centenary Square acting as the start and end point of the race. Highlights along the route included Cannon Hill Park, Cadbury World and the Bournville model village, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Victoria Square and the Bull Ring.[7] The course is largely straight and flat, although there is an abrupt descent and ascent at the start and finish of the route, and slight rises and falls between the 10 and 16 km marks around Selly Park.[8]



Zersenay Tadese entered the competition as the favourite, having won the 2007 and 2008 races

Eritrean runner Zersenay Tadese, who had won the last two World Half Marathons as well as the 20 km race in 2006, announced that he would attempt to defend his title and his chances improved after world leader Patrick Makau Musyoki was not listed from the Kenyan squad.[9] The defending women's champion Lornah Kiplagat did not attempt to defend her title due to a knee injury, and three time champion Paula Radcliffe filled the void, aiming for a record fourth title.[10] However, she too withdrew from the event due to tonsillitis, dealing a blow to the host nation's chances.[11][12]

Tadese was the outright favourite of the men's race, with his greatest challenge coming from Kenyans Sammy Kitwara, Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich and Bernard Kiprop Kipyego, Ethiopians Tilahun Regassa and Dereje Tesfaye. Dathan Ritzenhein, Fabiano Joseph Naasi and Marilson dos Santos were other outside chances. The Kenyan and Eritrean men's teams were favoured for the gold and silver team medals, while the team's from Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda were suggested as possible bronze medallists. Unusually, Qatar (whose team placed third in 2008) did not send any runners to the competition.[13]

In the women's race, Kenyan Mary Jepkosgei Keitany was the favourite in the absence of Kiplagat and Radcliffe. Keitany went into the championships as the world's leading half marathon runner, having run 1:07:00 seconds earlier in the season, and the race was seen as a chance for her to make her mark over the distance. The next fastest runner that season was her compatriot Philes Ongori, although her time of 1:07:50 was some way off Keitany's. Two more possible medallists, Filomena Cheyech and Caroline Cheptanui Kilel rounded out a strong Kenyan squad. The Ethiopian team was missing two of their best runners (Dire Tune and Aselefech Mergia), but Abebu Gelan and Aberu Kebede were still in medal contention. The Japanese athletes, Yukiko Akaba and Yurika Nakamura, looked to maintain Japan's past podium form in the team competition. New Zealand's Kimberley Smith was regarded as an unknown quantity, as she was moving to the road competitions after much success on the track.[14]

At the pre-race press conference the IAAF General Secretary, Pierre Weiss, lamented the relative lack of interest in the competition, vocalising the IAAF's dissatisfaction with the number of competing athletes and federations. He acknowledged that the competition's prize money was not at parity with other top level marathons. Wilson Kipketer, the 800 metres world record holder, pointed out that the standard of Europe's long-distance runners had been largely surpassed by other region's athletes, most notably by Africa. Kipketer argued that Europeans were not making the most of their sporting facilities and were "not training properly or timing and planning their seasons properly". Ed Warner, chairman of UK Athletics, agreed that a rethink was needed in terms of training and mindset.[15]


Detailed reports on the event and an appraisal of the results were given both

for the men's race[16][17] and for the women's race.[18][19]
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men  Zersenay Tadesse (ERI) 59:35  Bernard Kipyego (KEN) 59:59  Dathan Ritzenhein (USA) 1:00:00
Women  Mary Jepkosgei Keitany (KEN) 1:06:36  Philes Moora Ongori (KEN) 1:07:38  Aberu Kebede (ETH) 1:07:39
Team Men  Kenya 3:01:06  Eritrea 3:02:39  Ethiopia 3:06:42
Team Women  Kenya 3:22:30  Ethiopia 3:26:14  Japan 3:31:31

Race results

Complete results were published[20] for the men's race,[21][22] for the women's race,[23][24] for men's team,[25][26] and for women's team.[27][28]


Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 59:35 CR
Bernard Kipyego  Kenya 59:59
Dathan Ritzenhein  United States 1:00:00 PB
4 Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich  Kenya 1:00:08
5 Samuel Tsegay  Eritrea 1:00:17 PB
6 Wilson Kwambai Chebet  Kenya 1:00:59
7 Kiplimo Kimutai  Kenya 1:01:31 SB
8 Stephen Mokoka  South Africa 1:01:36
9 Juan Carlos Romero  Mexico 1:01:48 PB
10 Sammy Kitwara  Kenya 1:01:59
11 Tilahun Regassa  Ethiopia 1:02:08 SB
12 Dereje Tesfaye  Ethiopia 1:02:09
13 Rachid Kisri  Morocco 1:02:11 PB
14 Abebe Negewo  Ethiopia 1:02:25 PB
15 Fabiano Joseph  Tanzania 1:02:25 SB
16 Marco Joseph  Tanzania 1:02:41 PB
17 Marilson dos Santos  Brazil 1:02:41 SB
18 Daniele Meucci  Italy 1:02:43 PB
19 Abrha Adhanom  Eritrea 1:02:47 PB
20 Andrew Carlson  United States 1:02:50
21 Yukihiro Kitaoka  Japan 1:02:50
22 Fouad Larhiouch  France 1:02:55 PB
23 James Theuri  France 1:02:55
24 Martin Toroitich  Uganda 1:02:55 SB
25 Ryosuke Fukuyama  Japan 1:03:00
26 Andrew Lemoncello  Great Britain 1:03:03 PB
27 Moses Aliwa  Uganda 1:03:06
28 Yoshinori Oda  Japan 1:03:09
29 Olebogeng Masire  South Africa 1:03:13
30 Mourad Marofit  Morocco 1:03:22 SB
31 Shamba Gitimi  Tanzania 1:03:23 SB
32 Atsushi Sato  Japan 1:03:25
33 Jackson Kiprop  Uganda 1:03:31
34 Simon Munyutu  France 1:03:33
35 Solomon Tsige  Ethiopia 1:03:33 SB
36 Mbongeni Ngxazozo  South Africa 1:03:47
37 Sylvain Rukundo  Rwanda 1:03:59 SB
38 James Carney  United States 1:04:00 SB
39 Jean Baptiste Simukeka  Rwanda 1:04:02 PB
40 Gervais Hakizimana  Rwanda 1:04:04
41 Eric Sebahire  Rwanda 1:04:09 PB
42 Jeffrey Gwebu  South Africa 1:04:11
43 Jeff Hunt  Australia 1:04:16
44 Tesfahiwet Gebretinsae  Eritrea 1:04:17 PB
45 Giomar da Silva  Brazil 1:04:20
46 Mark Miles  Great Britain 1:04:21
47 Yemane Teame  Eritrea 1:04:23 PB
48 Giovanni Ruggiero  Italy 1:04:24
49 Ahmed Baday  Morocco 1:04:42
50 Abdellah Taghrafet  Morocco 1:04:46
51 Miguel Ángel Gamonal  Spain 1:04:47
52 Denis Curzi  Italy 1:04:51 SB
53 John Cusi  Peru 1:04:56
54 Joe McAlister  Ireland 1:04:57 PB
55 Matt Loiselle  Canada 1:04:59
56 Francesco Bona  Italy 1:05:01
57 Arturo Regules  Mexico 1:05:09
58 Sergio Reyes  Mexico 1:05:11 PB
59 Jaime Caldua  Peru 1:05:16
60 Phil Wicks  Great Britain 1:05:18
61 David Ramard  France 1:05:23
62 Daniele Caimmi  Italy 1:05:23 SB
63 Andrew Jones  Great Britain 1:05:37
64 Brett Gotcher  United States 1:05:43
65 Cristinel Irimia  Romania 1:05:51
66 Keenetse Moswasi  Botswana 1:05:59 SB
67 Tomomi Itakura  Japan 1:06:00
68 Benoit Holzerny  France 1:06:00
69 Constantino León  Peru 1:06:05
70 Scotty Bauhs  United States 1:06:07 SB
71 Godiraone Nthompe  Botswana 1:06:07 PB
72 Ndabili Bashingili  Botswana 1:06:08 SB
73 Rapula Diphoko  Botswana 1:06:12 PB
74 Pablo Villalobos  Spain 1:06:17
75 Gareth Raven  Great Britain 1:06:51
76 Kaelo Mosalagae  Botswana 1:07:10 SB
77 Wu Shiwei  China 1:07:14
78 João de Lima  Brazil 1:07:14
79 Franck de Almeida  Brazil 1:07:44
80 Daglas Mashili  Zambia 1:07:56 SB
81 Taivo Püi  Estonia 1:07:58 PB
82 Edmundo Torres  Peru 1:08:12
83 José Francisco Chávez  Costa Rica 1:08:41 PB
84 César Lizano  Costa Rica 1:09:08 PB
85 Xolisa Tyali  South Africa 1:09:12
86 Chan Ka Ho  Hong Kong 1:10:17 SB
87 Fernando Rey  Spain 1:10:18
88 Marcel Tschopp  Liechtenstein 1:10:28 SB
89 Ronnie Holassie  Trinidad and Tobago 1:11:18 SB
90 Gaylord Silly  Seychelles 1:11:57
91 Simon Labiche  Seychelles 1:12:01 SB
92 Mengi Patou  Democratic Republic of the Congo 1:12:17 PB
93 Andrew Pollando  Uganda 1:14:00 PB
94 Chan Chan Kit  Macau 1:28:04 SB
Haylu Mekonnen  Ethiopia DNF
Gary Murray  Ireland DNF
Mohamed Isak  Somalia DNF
Perhat Annagylyjov  Turkmenistan DNF
Damian Paul Chopa  Tanzania DNS


Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  Kenya 1:06:36 CR
Philes Ongori  Kenya 1:07:38 PB
Aberu Kebede  Ethiopia 1:07:39 PB
4 Caroline Cheptanui Kilel  Kenya 1:08:16 PB
5 Mestawet Tufa  Ethiopia 1:09:11 PB
6 Tirfi Tsegaye  Ethiopia 1:09:24 PB
7 Kimberley Smith  New Zealand 1:09:35 NR
8 Filomena Cheyech Daniel  Kenya 1:09:44
9 Silvia Skvortsova  Russia 1:09:56 SB
10 Amy Yoder Begley  United States 1:10:09 PB
11 Yurika Nakamura  Japan 1:10:19
12 Ryoko Kizaki  Japan 1:10:32
13 Workitu Ayanu  Ethiopia 1:10:35 PB
14 René Kalmer  South Africa 1:10:37 PB
15 Remi Nakazato  Japan 1:10:40
16 Serena Burla  United States 1:10:55 PB
17 Analía Rosa  Portugal 1:11:08 PB
18 Peninah Arusei  Kenya 1:11:10
19 Annerien van Schalkwyk  South Africa 1:11:26 PB
20 Dulce María Rodríguez  Mexico 1:11:32 SB
21 Abebu Gelan  Ethiopia 1:11:33
22 Elza Kireeva  Russia 1:11:34 PB
23 Furtuna Zegergish  Eritrea 1:11:56
24 Claire Hallissey  Great Britain 1:12:14
25 Yukiko Akaba  Japan 1:12:20
26 Irina Timofeyeva  Russia 1:12:38 SB
27 Olivera Jevtić  Serbia 1:12:44
28 Hiroko Shoi  Japan 1:12:46
29 Maria Sig Møller  Denmark 1:12:50 PB
30 Cassie Fien  Australia 1:12:55
31 Galina Aleksandrova  Russia 1:13:01
32 Amy Hastings  United States 1:13:20 PB
33 Michelle Ross-Cope  Great Britain 1:13:50
34 Alina Istudora  Romania 1:14:01 PB
35 Emma Quaglia  Italy 1:14:11 SB
36 Nyakisi Adero  Uganda 1:14:17
37 Heidi Westover/Westerling  United States 1:14:22
38 Marisol Romero  Mexico 1:14:26 PB
39 Poppy Mlambo  South Africa 1:14:27 PB
40 Inés Melchor  Peru 1:14:33 PB
41 Jimena Misayauri  Peru 1:14:47
42 Ivana Iozzia  Italy 1:14:52
43 Gemma Miles  Great Britain 1:14:56
44 Alyson Dixon  Great Britain 1:15:19
45 Rebecca Robinson  Great Britain 1:16:21
46 Claudette Mukasakindi  Rwanda 1:16:31 PB
47 Elva Dryer  United States 1:16:42
48 Nuța Olaru  Romania 1:16:56
49 Hortencia Arazapalo  Peru 1:17:27
50 Maria Baldaia  Brazil 1:18:32 SB
51 Julia Rivera  Peru 1:18:51
52 Caroline Desprez  France 1:19:06
53 Elizet Banda  Zambia 1:19:07 NR
54 Judith Ramírez  Mexico 1:19:41
55 Caitriona Jennings  Ireland 1:20:47
56 Liu Yingjie  China 1:24:29 PB
57 Chao Fong Leng  Macau 1:31:47 NR
58 Simone Zapha  Seychelles 1:38:58 PB
Inga Abitova  Russia DQ

: Inga Abitova from  Russia was initially 9th (1:09:53), but her competition results were annulled, beginning October 10, 2009, because of breaking anti-doping regulations.[29][30]

Team results


Rank Country Team Time
 Kenya Bernard Kipyego
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich
Wilson Kwambai Chebet
 Eritrea Zersenay Tadese
Samuel Tsegay
Adhanom Abraha
 Ethiopia Tilahun Regassa
Dereje Tesfaye
Abebe Negewo
4  United States Dathan Ritzenhein
Andrew Carlson
James Carney
5  Tanzania Fabiano Joseph
Marco Joseph
Shamba Gitimi
6  South Africa Stephen Mokoka
Olebogeng Masire
Mbongeni Ngxazozo
7  Japan Yukihiro Kitaoka
Ryosuke Fukuyama
Yoshinori Oda
8  France Fouad Larhiouch
James Theuri
Simon Munyutu
9  Uganda Martin Toroitich
Moses Aliwa
Jackson Kiprop
10  Morocco Rachid Kisri
Mourad Marofit
Ahmed Baday
11  Italy Daniele Meucci
Giovanni Ruggiero
Denis Curzi
12  Rwanda Sylvain Rukundo
Jean Baptiste Simukeka
Gervais Hakizimana
13  Mexico Juan Carlos Romero
Arturo Regules
Sergio Reyes
14  Great Britain Andrew Lemoncello
Mark Miles
Phil Wicks
15  Brazil Marilson dos Santos
Giomar da Silva
João de Lima
16  Peru John Cusi
Jaime Caldua
Constantino León
17  Botswana Keenetse Moswasi
Godiraone Nthompe
Ndabili Bashingili
18  Spain Miguel Ángel Gamonal
Pablo Villalobos
Fernando Rey


Rank Country Team Time
 Kenya Mary Keitany
Philes Ongori
Caroline Cheptanui Kilel
3:22:30 CR
 Ethiopia Aberu Kebede
Mestawet Tufa
Tirfi Tsegaye
3rd  Japan Yurika Nakamura
Ryoko Kizaki
Remi Nakazato
4  Russia Silvia Skvortsova
Elza Kireeva
Irina Timofeyeva
5  United States Amy Yoder Begley
Serena Burla
Amy Hastings
6  South Africa René Kalmer
Annerien van Schalkwyk
Poppy Mlambo
7  Great Britain Claire Hallissey
Michelle Ross-Cope
Gemma Miles
8  Mexico Dulce María Rodríguez
Marisol Romero
Judith Ramírez
9  Peru Inés Melchor
Jimena Misayauri
Hortencia Arazapalo

: The team from Russia was initially ranked 3rd (3:31:23), but fell behind Japan after the disqualification of Inga Abitova.


The participation of 157 athletes (98 men/59 women) from 39 countries is reported.[20]


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External links

  • Official event website
  • IAAF website
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