Kenyan-Israeli athletics star Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the Huawei Roma-Ostia Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race in Rome, Italy on Sunday.
Salpeter clocked 1:06:40 to win the women’s race, beating Diana Kipyokei (1:07:13) and Antonina Kwambai (1:07:49).
They reached 5km in 15:44 and 10km in 31:25, putting them on schedule for a finishing time just outside 1:06.
“I have mixed feelings today,” Salpeter, who clocked a marathon PB of 2:24:17 in November, said on IAAF.
“I am happy for today’s performance as part of my marathon build-up, but I’m disappointed to finish two seconds away from the course record.
“After spending a month doing basic training and shorter races, I travelled to Iten two weeks ago to start my specific preparation for a spring marathon," she added.
Today’s race conditions were not 100% ideal because we were bothered by a strong wind. My plan was to attack during the uphill stretch between 9.5-11km and that worked today.”
1. Lonah Salpeter Chemtai (ISR) 1:06:40
2. Diana Kipyokei (KEN) 1:07:13
3. Antonina Kwambai (KEN) 1:07:50
4. Mulye Dekebo (ETH) 1:07:57
5. Perine Nenkampi (KEN) 1:09:25