The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships is an biannual (from 1992 - 2010 annual) half marathon competition organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. It was contested from 1992 to 2005, and replaced by the IAAF World Road Running Championships, a 20 kilometres race which had its inaugural event held in 2006 in Debrecen, Hungary. After a second edition of the Road Running Championships, which was over the half marathon distance, it reverted to the original name of the World Half Marathon Championships.
The competition replaced the female-only IAAF World Women's Road Race Championships, which was held annually from 1983 to 1991.
|Year||Edition||City||Country||Date||No. of athletes||No. of nations|
|1992||1st ()||Newcastle upon Tyne||United Kingdom||19–20 September||204||36|
|1993||2nd ()||Brussels||Belgium||3 October||254||49|
|1994||3rd ()||Oslo||Norway||24 September||215||47|
|1995||4th ()||Montbéliard–Belfort||France||1 October||247||54|
|1996||5th ()||Palma de Mallorca||Spain||29 September||209||53|
|1997||6th ()||Košice||Slovakia||3 October||228||45|
|1998||7th ()||Zürich||Switzerland||27 September||236||54|
|1999||8th ()||Palermo||Italy||3 October||193||48|
|2000||9th ()||Veracruz||Mexico||12 November||182||52|
|2001||10th ()||Bristol||United Kingdom||7 October||202||52|
|2002||11th ()||Brussels||Belgium||5 May||201||60|
|2003||12th ()||Vilamoura||Portugal||4 October||171||49|
|2004||13th ()||New Delhi||India||3 October||152||55|
|2005||14th ()||Edmonton||Canada||1 October||156||43|
|2006||15th ()||Debrecen||Hungary||8 October||141||42 (20 km race)|
|2007||16th ()||Udine||Italy||14 October||148||41|
|2008||17th ()||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||12 October||157||43|
|2009||18th ()||Birmingham||United Kingdom||11 October||158||39|
|2010||19th ()||Nanning||China||16 October||123||30|
|2012||20th ()||Kavarna||Bulgaria||6 October||147||42|
|2014||21st ()||Copenhagen||Denmark||29 March||201||56|
|2016||22nd ()||Cardiff||United Kingdom||26 March||174||49|
|2018||23rd ()||Valencia||Spain||24 March||279||80|
|2020||24th ()||Gdynia||Poland||29 March||'||'|
The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships was first held in 1992. It comprised three races: the men's race, the women's race and the junior men's race. Furthermore, a team competition was held in each category, with the winners being decided by combining the performances of a country's top three finishers. The country with the lowest aggregate time won the team competition. The junior men's race was held in only the first and second editions, and was removed from the programme from 1994 onwards.
The competition went largely unchanged until 2006, when the competition was renamed as the IAAF World Road Running Championships. Aside from the name change, the significant difference was the distance of the race, changing from a half marathon to a 20 kilometres road race. The 20 km race featured only at the 2006 edition, and the half marathon distance returned for the 2007 World Road Running Championships.
On 29 November 2007, the IAAF announced that the name of the competition would revert to its original title of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, beginning with the 2008 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 12 October 2008.
This competition should not to be confused with the IAAF World Women's Road Race Championships which were run from 1983 to 1991, or the IAAF World Road Relay Championships which took place between 1992 and 1998.
The competition is generally held every October. Runners compete on public roads which have been closed off to traffic specifically for the event. Prize money varies from US$30,000 to US$3000.
|1992||Benson Masya (KEN)||1:00:24||Antonio Silio (ARG)||1:00:40||Boay Akonay (TAN)||1:00:45|
|1993||Vincent Rousseau (BEL)||1:01:06||Steve Moneghetti (AUS)||1:01:10||Carl Thackery (GBR)||1:01:13|
|1994||Khalid Skah (MAR)||1:00:27||Germán Silva (MEX)||1:00:28||Ronaldo da Costa (BRA)||1:00:54|
|1995||Moses Tanui (KEN)||1:01:45||Paul Yego (KEN)||1:01:46||Charles Tangus (KEN)||1:01:50|
|1996||Stefano Baldini (ITA)||1:01:17||Josephat Kiprono (KEN)||1:01:30||Tendai Chimusasa (ZIM)||1:02:00|
|1997||Shem Kororia (KEN)||59:56 CR||Moses Tanui (KEN)||59:58||Kenneth Cheruiyot (KEN)||1:00:00|
|1998||Paul Koech (KEN)||1:00:01||Hendrick Ramaala (RSA)||1:00:24||Khalid Skah (MAR)||1:00:24|
|1999||Paul Tergat (KEN)||1:01:50||Hendrick Ramaala (RSA)||1:01:50||Tesfaye Jifar (ETH)||1:01:51|
|2000||Paul Tergat (KEN)||1:03:47||Phaustin Baha Sulle (TAN)||1:03:48||Tesfaye Jifar (ETH)||1:03:50|
|2001||Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)||1:00:03||Tesfaye Jifar (ETH)||1:00:04||John Yuda Msuri (TAN)||1:00:12|
|2002||Paul Malakwen Kosgei (KEN)||1:00:39||Jaouad Gharib (MAR)||1:00:42||John Yuda Msuri (TAN)||1:00:57|
|2003||Martin Lel (KEN)||1:00:49||Fabiano Joseph Naasi (TAN)||1:00:52||Martin Sulle (TAN)||1:00:56|
|2004||Paul Kirui (KEN)||1:02:15||Fabiano Joseph Naasi (TAN)||1:02:31||Abdullah Ahmad Hassan (QAT)||1:02:36|
|2005||Fabiano Joseph Naasi (TAN)||1:01:08||Mubarak Hassan Shami (QAT)||1:01:09||Yonas Kifle (ERI)||1:01:13|
|2006 (20 km)||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||56:01||Robert Kipkorir Kipchumba (KEN)||56:41||Wilson Kebenei (KEN)||57:15|
|2007||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||58:59||Patrick Makau (KEN)||59:02||Evans Kiprop Cheruiyot (KEN)||59:05|
|2008||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||59:56 =CR||Patrick Makau Musyoki (KEN)||1:01:54||Ahmad Hassan Abdullah (QAT)||1:01:57|
|2009||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||59:35 CR||Bernard Kipyego (KEN)||59:59||Dathan Ritzenhein (USA)||1:00:00|
|2010||Wilson Kiprop (KEN)||1:00:07||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||1:00:11||Sammy Kitwara (KEN)||1:00:22|
|2012||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||1:00:19||Deressa Chimsa (ETH)||1:00:51||John Nzau Mwangangi (KEN)||1:01:01|
|2014||Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN)||59:08 CR||Samuel Tsegay (ERI)||59:21||Guye Adola (ETH)||59:21|
|2016||Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN)||59:10||Bedan Karoki (KEN)||59:36||Mo Farah (GBR)||59:59|
|2018||Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN)||1:00:02||Abraham Cheroben (BHR)||1:00:22||Aron Kifle (ERI)||1:00:31|
|1992||Liz McColgan (GBR)||1:08:53||Megumi Fujiwara (JPN)||1:09:21||Rosanna Munerotto (ITA)||1:09:38|
|1993||Conceição Ferreira (POR)||1:10:07||Mari Tanigawa (JPN)||1:10:09||Tegla Loroupe (KEN)||1:10:12|
|1994||Elana Meyer (RSA)||1:08:36 CR||Iulia Negura (ROU)||1:09:15||Anuța Cătună (ROU)||1:09:35|
|1995||Valentina Yegorova (RUS)||1:09:58||Cristina Pomacu (ROU)||1:10:22||Anuța Cătună (ROU)||1:10:28|
|1996||Ren Xiujuan (CHN)||1:10:39||Lidia Simon (ROU)||1:10:57||Aurica Buia (ROU)||1:11:01|
|1997||Tegla Loroupe (KEN)||1:08:14 CR||Cristina Pomacu (ROU)||1:08:43||Lidia Simon (ROU)||1:09:05|
|1998||Tegla Loroupe (KEN)||1:08:29||Elana Meyer (RSA)||1:08:32||Lidia Simon (ROU)||1:08:58|
|1999||Tegla Loroupe (KEN)||1:08:48||Mizuki Noguchi (JPN)||1:09:12||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||1:09:23|
|2000||Paula Radcliffe (GBR)||1:09:07||Susan Chepkemei (KEN)||1:09:40||Lidia Simon (ROU)||1:10:24|
|2001||Paula Radcliffe (GBR)||1:06:47 CR||Susan Chepkemei (KEN)||1:07:36||Berhane Adere (ETH)||1:08:17|
|2002||Berhane Adere (ETH)||1:09:06||Susan Chepkemei (KEN)||1:09:13||Jeļena Prokopčuka (LAT)||1:09:15|
|2003||Paula Radcliffe (GBR)||1:07:35||Berhane Adere (ETH)||1:09:02||Benita Johnson (AUS)||1:09:26|
|2004||Sun Yingjie (CHN)||1:08:40||Lydia Cheromei (KEN)||1:09:00||Constantina Tomescu (ROU)||1:09:07|
|2005||Constantina Tomescu (ROU)||1:09:17||Lornah Kiplagat (NED)||1:10:19||Susan Chepkemei (KEN)||1:10:20|
|2006 (20 km)||Lornah Kiplagat (NED)||1:03:21 WR||Constantina Tomescu (ROU)||1:03:23||Rita Jeptoo (KEN)||1:03:47|
|2007||Lornah Kiplagat (NED)||1:06:25 WRwo||Mary Keitany (KEN)||1:06:48||Pamela Chepchumba (KEN)||1:08:06|
|2008||Lornah Kiplagat (NED)||1:08:37||Aselefech Mergia (ETH)||1:09:57||Pamela Chepchumba (KEN)||1:10:01|
|2009||Mary Keitany (KEN)||1:06:36 CR||Philes Ongori (KEN)||1:07:38||Aberu Kebede (ETH)||1:07:39|
|2010||Florence Kiplagat (KEN)||1:08:24||Dire Tune (ETH)||1:08:34||Peninah Arusei (KEN)||1:09:05|
|2012||Meseret Hailu (ETH)||1:08:55||Feyse Tadese (ETH)||1:08:56||Paskalia Chepkorir Kipkoech (KEN)||1:09:04|
|2014||Gladys Cherono (KEN)||1:07:29||Mary Wacera Ngugi (KEN)||1:07:44||Selly Chepyego Kaptich (KEN)||1:07:52|
|2016||Peres Jepchirchir (KEN)||1:07:31||Cynthia Jerotich Limo (KEN)||1:07:34||Mary Wacera Ngugi (KEN)||1:07:54|
|2018||Netsanet Gudeta (ETH)||1:06:11 WRwo||Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN)||1:06:54||Pauline Kaveke (KEN)||1:06:56|
†: In 2009, the team from Russia was initially ranked 3rd (3:31:23), but fell behind Japan after the disqualification of Inga Abitova. Her competition results were annulled, beginning October 10, 2009, because of breaking anti-doping regulations.
|1992||Kassa Tadesse (ETH)||1:04:51||Meck Mothuli (RSA)||1:05:01||Francesco Ingargiola (ITA)||1:05:18|
|1993||Meck Mothuli (RSA)||1:02:11||Biruk Bekele (ETH)||1:03:32||Isaac Radebe (RSA)||1:03:35|
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