Athletics
20K run
World records
Men Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 56:01 (2006)
Women Florence Kiplagat (KEN) 1:01:54 (2015)

The 20K run (20 kilometres, or approximately 12.4 miles) is a long distance foot race. It is a rarely held race that is not recognized as an Olympic event. The event held IAAF world championship status in 2006 only, when the existing IAAF World Half Marathon Championships briefly hosted the shorter distance.[1]

The world best for men is held by Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea who ran a time of 56:01 at the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.[2] The women's world best is held by Florence Kiplagat of Kenya who ran a time of 1:01:54 at the 2015 Barcelona Half Marathon in Barcelona, Spain.[3] IAAF records require the 20 km distance to be run on a course without a significant drop in elevation between the start and finish points and where the birds-eye distance between the start of finish points is less than ten kilometres. The Association of Road Racing Statisticians has an additional criteria in that it requires records to be set in competitions of the given distance, thus it does not recognise Kiplagat's run due to it being recorded en route to a longer distance. The ARRS-recognised world record is 1:03:21 by Lornah Kiplagat of the Netherlands, who also recorded her time at the 2006 World Championships.[4]

Road races

The 2012 women's podium from the 20 km of Lausanne, Switzerland.
The 2012 women's podium from the 20 km of Lausanne, Switzerland.

There are several annual road running competitions over the 20 km distance, mostly based in Western Europe, the United States, and Japan.[5]

Europe
Japan
United States

The Kanaguri Hai Tamana Half Marathon, Dam to Dam Half Marathon and Ogden Newspapers Classic Half Marathon were all previously 20 km races for much of their history.[5]

All-time top 25

Men

Men's world best holder (without en route performances) Zersenay Tadese
Men's world best holder (without en route performances) Zersenay Tadese
Rank Time Athlete Nation Date Race Place Ref
1 54:42+ Jacob Kiplimo  Uganda 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia, Spain [8]
2 54:43+ [a] Kibiwott Kandie  Kenya 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia [9]
3 54:50+ Rhonex Kipruto  Kenya 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia [10]
4 54:57+ Alexander Mutiso  Kenya 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia [11]
5 55:00+ Geoffrey Kamworor  Kenya 15 September 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen [12]
6 55:07+ Philemon Kiplimo  Kenya 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia [13]
7 55:18+ Abraham Kiptum  Kenya 28 October 2018 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia [14]
8 55:21+ Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 21 March 2010 Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon [15]
9 55:43+ Kelvin Kiptum  Kenya 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia [16]
10 56:03+ Julien Wanders  France 8 February 2019 RAK Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah [17]
11 56:09+ Benard Kipkorir Ngeno  Kenya 15 September 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen [18]
Amedework Walelegn  Ethiopia 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [19]
13 56:16+ Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo  Kenya 15 September 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen [20]
Berehanu Tsegu  Ethiopia 15 September 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen [21]
Joshua Cheptegei  Uganda 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [22]
16 56:27+ Mo Farah  Great Britain 22 March 2015 Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon
Amos Kurgat  Kenya 15 September 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen [23]
18 56:29+ Andamlak Belihu  Ethiopia 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [24]
Leonard Barsoton  Kenya 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [25]
20 56:34+ Stephen Mokoka  South Africa 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [26]
Bravin Kipkogei Kiptoo  Kenya 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia [27]
22 56:39+ Morhad Amdouni  France 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [28]
Benard Kimeli  Kenya 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [29]
24 56:41 Robert Kipkorir Kipchumba  Ethiopia 8 October 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships Debrecen
56:41+ Leul Gebresilase  Ethiopia 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [30]

Notes

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 56:41:

Women

Florence Kiplagat
Rank Time Athlete Nation Date Race Place Ref
1 1:01:11+ Ababel Yeshaneh  Ethiopia 21 February 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah [33]
2 1:01:20+ a Brigid Kosgei  Kenya 8 September 2019 Great North Run Newcastle-South Shields [34]
3 1:01:25+ Joyciline Jepkosgei  Kenya 1 April 2017 Prague Half Marathon Prague
4 1:01:54 Florence Kiplagat  Kenya 15 February 2015 Barcelona Half Marathon Barcelona
5 1:01:56+ Mx Sifan Hassan  Netherlands 16 September 2018 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen [35]
6 1:02:00+ Mx Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia [36]
7 1:02:04+ Wo Melat Yisak Kejeta  Germany 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [37]
1:02:04+ Wo Peres Jepchirchir  Kenya 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [38]
9 1:02:10+ Rosemary Wanjiru  Kenya 21 February 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah [39]
10 1:02:15+ Mx Sheila Chepkirui  Kenya 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia [40]
11 1:02:17+ Wo Zeineba Yimer  Ethiopia 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [41]
12 1:02:29+ Mx Senbere Teferi  Ethiopia 6 December 2020 Valencia Half Marathon Valencia [42]
13 1:02:31+ Birhane Dibaba  Ethiopia 15 September 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen [43]
14 1:02:34+ Evaline Chirchir  Kenya 21 February 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah [44]
15 1:02:40+ Wo Yasemin Can  Turkey 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [45]
16 1:02:42+ Joan Chelimo  Kenya 21 February 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah [46]
17 1:02:59+ Dorcas Jepchirchir Tuitoek  Kenya 15 September 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon Copenhagen [47]
18 1:03:13+ Mx Hitomi Niiya  Japan 19 January 2020 Houston Half Marathon Houston [48]
19 1:03:14+ Yalemzerf Yehualaw  Ethiopia 21 February 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah [49]
20 1:03:16+ Magdalena Shauri  Tanzania 21 February 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah [50]
Vivian Jerono Kiplagat  Kenya 21 February 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah [51]
22 1:03:18+ Wo Netsanet Gudeta  Ethiopia 17 October 2020 World Half Marathon Championships Gdynia [52]
23 1:03:21 Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 8 October 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships Debrecen
24 1:03:23 Constantina Diță  Romania 8 October 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships Debrecen
25 1:03:26+ Degitu Azimeraw  Ethiopia 21 February 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah [53]

Notes

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 1:03:04:

Notes

  1. ^ by official result source, 54:42 by World Athletics source

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