2008 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

The World Half-Marathon Championships 2008 (official IAAF / CAIXA World Half Marathon Championships ) were held on 12 October 2008 in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro as a road race. For the first time the IAAF had forgiven those held for the 17th time the competition to South America.

The route was identical to that on the same day discharged 12 Rio -de- Janeiro Half Marathon: one with a good 20 meters difference in altitude very shallow point - to-point course, which from the beach of São Conrado below the mountain Pedra da Gávea about Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana and Botafogo led Flamengo to finish.

While the women's race started at 8:45 clock, the race of men half an hour 200 meters later began before 16,000 participants strong field the same time as people started running. The temperature was 23 ° C, humidity 78%.

Zersenay Tadese sovereign defended his title from the road race world championships in 2007, broke away before and was 5 km with a lead of almost two minutes, the first athlete, world champion in the half marathon was for the third time. Lornah Kiplagat also sat down early at 7 km to the top of the field and won her third title also safely.


Individual ranking men

92 reported 90 athletes went to the start and reached the goal of 86. Stéphane Joly ( Switzerland SUI) finished in 57th place in 1:09:56.

Team standings Men

A total of 16 teams counted.

Individual ranking women

60 of 65 starters reached the finish. María Díaz ( Puerto Rico PUR, No. 33 ) presented with a 1:16:52 national record.

Team ranking women

A total of nine teams counted.