ATLANTA, GA – Vibian Chepkirui of Kenya and Tsegay Kidanu of Ethiopia were crowned champions at the Publix Atlanta Half-Marathon 2023, held on Sunday, 26 February. Although they fell slightly short of breaking the state and course records, which would have delivered $2500 bonuses, their convincing victories secured them each with prize money.
Chepkirui, 28, finished with a time of 1:08:46, taking home $4000. Helah Kiprop of Kenya, the Marathon World Championships silver medalist in 2015, finished in second place with a time of 1:10:30, earning $2500. – Read more: Hailemariyam Kiros and Helene Bekele win Osaka Marathon 2023
In third place was Selam Fente of Ethiopia, finishing in 1:11:12 and taking home $1500. Fourth and fifth places were awarded to Veronicah Wanjiru and Sheila Jerotich of Kenya, who finished in 1:11:27 and 1:13:14 respectively.
In the men’s category, Kidanu crossed the finish line in 1:00:42 and also bagged the winning prize of $4000. Course record holder and the 2022 champion Nicholas Kosimbei of Kenya was pushed back into the second place this year.
The World U20 10,000m bronze medalist in 2014, finished in 1:01:34, while his teammate Geoffrey Koech finished in third place with a time of 1:02:12.
Fourth and fifth places were awarded to Shadrack Kimining and Raymond Magut of Kenya, who recorded times of 1:02:37 and 1:03:01 respectively.
The race, which was a World Athletics Label Road Race, saw a significant increase in finishers from last year, with 3925 half-marathon finishers compared to 2981 in 2022.
The event, which was USATF certified and record-eligible, was held under perfect weather conditions, with a temperature of 63F/17C.
The Publix Atlanta Half-Marathon records are held by Nicholas Kosimbei of Kenya, who finished with a time of 1:00:37, and Dorcas Tuitoek, also of Kenya, who finished with a time of 1:08:23, both in 2022.
—Information from Race Results Weekly was used in this article
Here is the list of the top 10 finishers for the Publix Atlanta Half Marathon:
- Vibian Chepkirui, 28, KEN, 1:08:46
- Helah Kiprop, 37, KEN, 1:10:30
- Selam Fente (ETH), 1:11:12
- Veronicah Wanjiru, KEN, 1:11:27
- Sheila Jerotich (KEN), 1:13:14
- Joyline Chemutai, KEN, 1:14:28
- Gladys Yator, KEN, 1:16:38
- Kaylee Slade, USA, 1:17:10
- Joanna Stephens, USA, 1:17:12
- Katie Clarke, USA, 1:23:58
- Samantha Hanson, USA, 1:24:40
- Tsegay Kidanu, ETH, 1:00:42
- Nicholas Kosimbei, KEN, 1:01:34
- Geoffrey Koech, KEN, 1:02:12
- Shadrack Kimining, KEN, 1:02:37
- Raymond Magut (KEN), 1:03:01
- Bethwell Yegon, KEN, 1:03:40
- Dominic Korir (KEN), 1:04:00
- Josphat Tanui,, KEN, 1:04:40
- Josphat Too (KEN), 1:05:43
- Rob Mullett (GBR), 35, 1:06:02