IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships is an 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. 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.
Editions in blue were held as World Half Marathon Championships Editions in gold were held as World Road Running Championships
|1992||1st (details)||Newcastle upon Tyne||United Kingdom||19–20 September||204 runners from 36 countries|
|1993||2nd (details)||Brussels||Belgium||3 October||254 runners from 49 countries|
|1994||3rd (details)||Oslo||Norway||24 September||215 runners from 47 countries|
|1995||4th (details)||Montbéliard–Belfort||France||1 October||247 runners from 54 countries|
|1996||5th (details)||Palma de Mallorca||Spain||29 September||209 runners from 53 countries|
|1997||6th (details)||Košice||Slovakia||3 October||228 runners from 45 countries|
|1998||7th (details)||Zürich||Switzerland||27 September||236 runners from 54 countries|
|1999||8th (details)||Palermo||Italy||3 October||193 runners from 48 countries|
|2000||9th (details)||Veracruz||Mexico||12 November||182 runners from 52 countries|
|2001||10th (details)||Bristol||United Kingdom||7 October||202 runners from 52 countries|
|2002||11th (details)||Brussels||Belgium||5 May||201 runners from 60 countries|
|2003||12th (details)||Vilamoura||Portugal||4 October||171 runners from 49 countries|
|2004||13th (details)||New Delhi||India||3 October||152 runners from 55 countries|
|2005||14th (details)||Edmonton||Canada||1 October||156 runners from 43 countries|
|2006||15th (details)||Debrecen||Hungary||8 October||160 runners from 42 countries (20 km race)|
|2007||16th (details)||Udine||Italy||14 October||144 runners|
|2008||17th (details)||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||12 October||157 runners from 43 countries|
|2009||18th (details)||Birmingham||United Kingdom||11 October||158 runners from 39 countries|
|2010||19th (details)||Nanning||China||16 October||TBD|
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 back 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.
Medallists in gold won at the World Road Running Championships
|1992||Kadessa 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|
- IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 1992-2005 Facts & Figures
- IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Individual and Team Scores
- ↑ NEWS CENTRE: Rio 2008 – championships renamed. IAAF.org. 2007-11-29
- ↑ IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday 12 October 2008, IAAF.org, Retrieved 2008-02-06