These Are the World’s Fastest Half Marathoners

Here’s a complete list of the world record-holders and all-time top 13.1-mile runners.

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Below you’ll find tables detailing several half marathon superlatives:

  • the 10 fastest half marathoners in history on record-eligible courses;
  • the 10 fastest American half marathoners in history on record-eligible courses;
  • the 10 fastest performances on record-eligible courses;
  • the progression of the world records since 2004, when the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) first ratified half marathon times on record-eligible courses as world records.

    Note that we said “on record-eligible courses.” Some well-known fast times, such as Galen Rupp’s 59:47 at the Ostia Half Marathon in 2018, aren’t listed below, because they were achieved on a course with too much net elevation drop and/or too much separation between the start and finish.

    Each half marathoner appears on the first list, for the fastest performers in history, only once. The third set of tables, for fastest performances in history, allows for a runner to appear more than once. For example, world record-holder Jacob Kiplimo occupies three spots on the men’s fastest-performances list.

    The tables are current as of May 7, 2022, when Emily Sisson broke the American half marathon record set by Sara Hall earlier this year.

    Looking for 26.2? We also have a list of the world’s fastest marathoners (and marathons).

    10 Fastest Half Marathoners on Record-Eligible Course: Women

    Runner

    Finish Time

    Pace/Mile

    Half Marathon

    Letensebet Gidey (Ethiopia)

    62:52

    4:47.7

    Valencia, 2021

    Yalemzerf Yehualaw (Ethiopia)

    63:51

    4:52.2

    Valencia, 2021

    Ruth Chepngetich (Kenya)

    64:02

    4:53.1

    Istanbul, 2021

    Girmawit Gebrhizair (Ethiopia)

    64:12

    4:53.8

    RAK, 2022

    Hellen Obiri (Kenya)

    64:22

    4:54.6

    RAK, 2022

    Ababel Yeshaneh (Ethiopia)

    64:31

    4:55.3

    RAK, 2020

    Sheila Chepkirui (Kenya)

    64:36

    4:55.7

    RAK, 2022

    Brigid Kosgei (Kenya)

    64:49

    4:56.7

    RAK, 2022

    Joyciline Jepkosgei (Kenya)

    64:51

    4:56.8

    Valencia, 2017

    Fancy Chemutai (Kenya)

    64:52

    4:56.9

    RAK, 2018

    10 Fastest Half Marathoners on Record-Eligible Course: Men

    Runner

    Finish Time

    Pace/Mile

    Half Marathon

    Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda)

    57:31

    4:23.2

    Lisbon, 2021

    Kibiwott Kandie (Kenya)

    57:32

    4:23.3

    Valencia, 2020

    Rhonex Kipruto (Kenya)

    57:49

    4:24.6

    Valencia, 2020

    Alexander Mutiso (Kenya)

    57:59

    4:25.4

    Valencia, 2020

    Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya)

    58:01

    4:25.5

    Copenhagen, 2019

    Abel Kipchumba (Kenya)

    58:07

    4:26.0

    Valencia, 2021

    Philemon Kiplimo (Kenya)

    58:11

    4:26.3

    Valencia, 201

    Zersenay Tadese (Eritrea)

    58:23

    4:27.2

    Lisbon, 2010

    Daniel Mataiko (Kenya)

    58:26

    4:27.4

    Valencia, 2021

    Kennedy Kimutai (Kenya)

    58:28

    4:27.6

    Valencia, 2021

    10 Fastest American Half Marathoners on Record-Eligible Course: Women

    Runner

    Finish Time

    Pace/Mile

    Half Marathon

    Emily Sisson

    67:11

    5:07.5

    Indianapolis, 2022

    Sara Hall

    67:15

    5:07.8

    Houston, 2022

    Molly Huddle

    67:25

    5:08.6

    Houston, 2018

    Deena Kastor

    67:34

    5:09.2

    Berlin, 2006

    Fiona O’Keeffe

    67:42

    5:09.9

    Houston, 2022

    Emily Durgin

    67:54

    5:10.8

    Houston, 2022

    Keira D’Amato

    67:55

    5:10.8

    Mortgage Network, 2021

    Jordan Hasay

    67:55

    5:10.8

    Prague, 2017

    Kara Goucher

    68:05

    5:11.6

    Chicago, 2009

    Amy Cragg

    68:27

    5:13.3

    Marugame, 2017

    10 Fastest American Half Marathoners on Record-Eligible Course: Men

    Runner

    Finish Time

    Pace/Mile

    Half Marathon

    Ryan Hall

    59:43

    4:33.3

    Houston, 2007

    Leonard Korir

    59:52

    4:34.0

    New Delhi, 2017

    Dathan Ritzenhein

    60:00

    4:34.6

    World Championships, 2009

    Galen Rupp

    60:22

    4:36.3

    Row River, 2020

    Sam Chelanga

    60:37

    4:37.4

    Houston, 2018

    Kirubel Erassa

    60:44

    4:38.0

    Houston, 2022

    Diego Estrada

    60:51

    4:38.5

    Houston, 2015

    Conner Mantz

    60:55

    4:38.8

    Mortgage Network, 2021

    Mark Curp

    60:55

    4:38.8

    Philadelphia, 1985

    Frank Lara

    60:58

    4:39.0

    Valencia, 2021

    10 Fastest Half Marathons on Record-Eligible Course: Women

    Runner

    Finish Time

    Pace/Mile

    Half Marathon

    Letensebet Gidey (Ethiopia)

    62:52

    4:47.7

    Valencia, 2021

    Yalemzerf Yehualaw (Ethiopia)

    63:51

    4:52.3

    Valencia, 2021

    Ruth Chepngetich (Kenya)

    64:02

    4:53.1

    Istanbul, 2021

    Girmawit Gebrzihair (Ethiopia)

    64:12

    4:53.8

    RAK, 2022

    Hellen Obiri (Ethiopia)

    64:22

    4:54.6

    RAK, 2022

    Ababel Yeshaneh (Ethiopia)

    64:31

    4:55.3

    RAK, 2020

    Sheila Chepkirui (Kenya)

    64:36

    4:55.7

    RAK, 2022

    Yalemzerf Yehualaw (Ethiopia)

    64:40

    4:56.0

    Istanbul, 2021

    Yalemzerf Yehualaw (Ethiopia)

    64:46

    4:56.4

    New Delhi, 2020

    Hellen Obiri (Kenya)

    64:48

    4:56.6

    Istanbul, 2022

    10 Fastest Half Marathons on Record-Eligible Course: Men

    Runner

    Finish Time

    Pace/Mile

    Half Marathon

    Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda)

    57:31

    4:23.2

    Lisbon, 2021

    Kibiwott Kandie (Kenya)

    57:32

    4:23.3

    Valencia, 2020

    Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda)

    57:37

    4:23.7

    Valencia, 2020

    Rhonex Kipruto (Kenya)

    57:47

    4:24.6

    Valencia, 2020

    Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda)

    57:56

    4:25.2

    RAK, 2022

    Alexander Mutiso (Kenya)

    57:59

    4:25.4

    Valencia, 2020

    Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya)

    58:01

    4:25.5

    Copenhagen, 2019

    Abel Kipchumba (Kenya)

    58:07

    4:26.0

    Valencia, 2021

    Rhonex Kipruto (Kenya)

    58:09

    4:26.1

    Valencia, 2021

    Zersenay Tadese (Eritrea)

    58:23

    4:27.2

    Lisbon, 2010

    Progression of World Record Since 2004: Women

    Runner

    Finish Time

    Pace/Mile

    Half Marathon

    Elana Meyer (South Africa)

    66:44

    5:05.4

    Tokyo, 1999

    Lornah Kiplagat (Netherlands)

    66:25

    5:04.0

    Udine, 2007

    Mary Keitany (Kenya)

    65:50

    5:01.3

    RAK, 2011

    Florence Kiplagat (Kenya)

    65:12

    4:58.4

    Barcelona, 2014

    Florence Kiplagat (Kenya)

    65:09

    4:58.1

    Barcelona, 2015

    Peres Jepchirchir (Kenya)

    65:06

    4:57.9

    RAK, 2017

    Joyciline Jepkosgei (Kenya)

    64:52

    4:56.9

    Prague, 2017

    Joyciline Jepkosgei (Kenya)

    64:51

    4:56.8

    Valencia, 2017

    Ababel Yeshaneh (Ethiopia)

    64:31

    4:55.3

    RAK, 2020

    Ruth Chepngetich (Kenya)

    64:02

    4:53.1

    Istanbul, 2021

    Letensebet Gidey (Ethiopia)

    62:52

    4:47.7

    Valencia, 2021

    Progression of World Record Since 2004: Men

    Runner

    Finish Time

    Pace/Mile

    Half Marathon

    Paul Tergat (Kenya)

    59:17

    4:31.3

    Milan, 1998

    Sammy Wanjiru (Kenya)

    59:16

    4:31.2

    Rotterdam, 2005

    Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)

    58:55

    4:29.6

    Tempe, 2006

    Sammy Wanjiru (Kenya)

    58:53

    4:29.5

    RAK, 2007

    Sammy Wanjiru (Kenya)

    58:33

    4:28.0

    City-Pier-City, 2007

    Zersenay Tadese (Eretria)

    58:23

    4:27.2

    Lisbon, 2010

    Abraham Kiptum (Kenya)

    58:18

    4:26.8

    Valencia, 2018

    Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya)

    58:01

    4:25.5

    Copenhagen, 2019

    Kibiwott Kandie (Kenya)

    57:32

    4:23.3

    Valencia, 2020

    Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda)

    57:31

    4:23.2

    Lisbon, 2021

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