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2020 A year of
World Records

20 de January, 2021

2020 A year of World Records

The pandemic forced the postponement of the vast majority of road events in 2020, but it did not prevent that in the events that took place, partly in specific formats such as limited number of participants or even only elite athletes participants, several world records were achieved, in various athletics disciplines and, in particular, in road events.

After the spectacular INEOS 1:59 Challenge initiative in October 2019, where for the first time in history a marathon was completed in less than two hours (with some specifications), 2020 became a very special year for athletics, recording various surprising new world records:


Joshua Cheptegei sets a new record for the shortest distance of road rtaces, the 5K. With the time of 12:51, Cheptegei, on February 16, 2020, took 9 seconds to the previous record in Valencia.


One of the most popular distances in the world, if not the most popular, the 10K has a new record since January 12, 2020. Rhunex Kiptruto needed only 26:24 to reach the finish line, establishing a new world record in Valencia, Spain.

Half Marathon

The Half Marathon also set a new world record in 2020! After Geoffrey Kamworor finished the 21 km in 58:01, September 2019, it was Kibiwiott Kandie’s turn to hit the 58:00 barrier, getting the time of 57:32 at the Valencia Half Marathon on December 6, an race exclusive for elite athletes.

In addition to the men’s record, the Women’s Half Marathon world record also had a new time in 2020. Peres Jepchirchir broke the women world record for the Half Marathon twice in 2020! The first in September in Prague with the time of 1:05:34 and, the second time, in Poland on October 17 with the time of 1:05:16!


Despite being a “rare” event, the 1-hour events are always highly acclaimed by the public. The goal is to run the longest distance in an hour, and 2020 set another world record, this time from the well-known British athlete Mo Farah who finished the 60 minutes with 21 kilometers and 330 meters on September 4, 2020 in Brussels.

On the same day and also in Brussels, Sifan Hassan broke the 1:00 women world record, running a total of 18 kilometers and 930 meters and defining the new record distance for this discipline.

We would like to remember that “our” EDP Lisbon Half Marathon held the world record for 9,5 years, from March 2010 to October 2019, with the time of 58:23 obtained by Zersenay Tadese.

Will the world record return to Lisbon in 2021?