|Lisbon Half Marathon|
|Date||late November (2021)|
|Course records||Men's: 57:31 (2021)|
Women's: 1:05:44 (2001)
|Official site||Lisbon Half Marathon|
|Participants||7793 finishers (2022)|
5,424 finishers (2021)
EDP Lisbon Half Marathon is an annual international half marathon competition which is contested every March in Lisbon, Portugal. It carries IAAF Gold Label Road Race status. The men's course record of 57:31 was set by Jacob Kiplimo in 2021, which is the current world record for the half marathon distance. Kenyan runners have been very successful in the competition, accounting for over half of the total winners, with Tegla Loroupe taking the honours in the women's race on six separate occasions. The Lisbon Half Marathon is not to be confused with Luso Portugal Half Marathon, another prominent half marathon race which is also held in Lisbon in October.
First held in 1991, the race has consistently delivered fast winning times. However, many of these times have been unratifiable for record purposes due to factors including: the course being too short (1991–93), excessive tailwinds, as well as there being an excessive drop in altitude, which boosted athletes' performances (1996, 1998, 2000–01, 2004, and 2006).
The course was judged as non-permissible for records until 2008, in which year the organisers changed the elite course to allow for records. The new course begins at sea level on the north side of the river Tagus, a change which made the course entirely flat. The course for the mass participation race, which has attracted almost 30,000 runners in previous years, remained unchanged and begins by crossing the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge before linking up with the new elite course.
The current elite course of the half marathon begins in a small town on the north bank of the Tagus, no longer crossing the bridge, and the course is wide and flat from there on. Heading eastwards towards the city centre, the course passes the docks and traces a route alongside much of the city's historical architecture, including the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.
From 2008 onwards, the organisers set aside a €50,000 prize pot for any athlete breaking the world record over the half marathon distance. This led to the participation of a number of prominent athletes, with marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie winning the 2008 edition, while Charles Kamathi and Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot followed behind. Another strong field was assembled in 2010 and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea broke both the 20 kilometres and half marathon world records in his winning run.
The competition also hosts a mini marathon race, which has featured many prominent Portuguese citizens, including the former President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio, and José Socrates, the Portuguese Prime Minister. Energias de Portugal has sponsored the competition for a number of years.
The 2020 edition of the race was first postponed to 2020.09.06, and then to 2021.05.09, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Key: Course record Short or assisted course
|2022||Kenneth Renju||Kenya||1:00:13||Tsehay Gemechu||Ethiopia||1:06:44|
|2021||Jacob Kiplimo||Uganda||57:31 WR||Tsehay Gemechu||Ethiopia||1:06:06|
|2020||postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal|
|2019||Mosinet Geremew||Ethiopia||59:37||Vivian Cheruiyot||Kenya||1:06:34|
|2018||Eric Kiptanui||Kenya||1:00:05||Etagegn Woldu||Ethiopia||1:11:27|
|2017||Jake Robertson||New Zealand||1:00:01||Mare Dibaba||Ethiopia||1:09:43|
|2016||Sammy Kitwara||Kenya||59:47||Ruti Aga||Ethiopia||1:09:16|
|2015||Mo Farah||United Kingdom||59:32||Rose Chelimo||Kenya||1:08:22|
|2014||Bedan Karoki||Kenya||59:58||Worknesh Degefa||Ethiopia||1:08:46|
|2013||Bernard Koech||Kenya||59:54||Edna Kiplagat||Kenya||1:08:48|
|2012||Zersenay Tadese||Eritrea||59:34||Shalane Flanagan||United States||1:08:52|
|2011||Zersenay Tadese||Eritrea||58:30||Aberu Kebede||Ethiopia||1:08:28|
|2010||Zersenay Tadese||Eritrea||58:23 WR||Peninah Arusei||Kenya||1:08:38|
|2009||Martin Lel||Kenya||59:56||Kara Goucher||United States||1:08:30|
|2008||Haile Gebrselassie||Ethiopia||59:15||Salina Kosgei||Kenya||1:09:57|
|2007||Robert Kipchumba||Kenya||1:00:31||Rita Jeptoo||Kenya||1:07:05|
|2006||Martin Lel||Kenya||59:30||Salina Kosgei||Kenya||1:07:52|
|2005||Paul Tergat||Kenya||59:10||Susan Chepkemei||Kenya||1:08:49|
|2004||Rodgers Rop||Kenya||59:49||Joyce Chepchumba||Kenya||1:08:11|
|2003||Martin Lel||Kenya||1:00:10||Derartu Tulu||Ethiopia||1:09:20|
|2002||Haile Gebrselassie||Ethiopia||59:41||Susan Chepkemei||Kenya||1:08:23|
|2001||Hendrick Ramaala||South Africa||1:00:26||Susan Chepkemei||Kenya||1:05:44|
|2000||Paul Tergat||Kenya||59:06||Tegla Loroupe||Kenya||1:07:23|
|1999||Japhet Kosgei||Kenya||1:00:01||Tegla Loroupe||Kenya||1:07:52|
|1998||António Pinto||Portugal||59:43||Catherina McKiernan||Ireland||1:07:50|
|1997||Mohammed Mourhit||Belgium||1:01:17||Tegla Loroupe||Kenya||1:09:01|
|1996||Clement Kiprotich||Kenya||1:01:15||Tegla Loroupe||Kenya||1:07:12|
|1995||Simon Lopuyet||Kenya||1:00:26||Tegla Loroupe||Kenya||1:08:21|
|1994||Andrés Espinosa||Mexico||1:01:34||Tegla Loroupe||Kenya||1:09:27|
|1993||Sammy Lelei||Kenya||59:24||Nadezhda Ilyina||Russia||1:09:47|
|1992||Tendai Chimusasa||Zimbabwe||1:01:17||Heléna Barócsi||Hungary||1:10:01|
|1991||Paul Evans||England||1:01:44||Rosa Mota||Portugal||1:09:52|
|Country||Men's race||Women's race||Total|
|Tegla Loroupe||Kenya||6||1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000|
|Susan Chepkemei||Kenya||3||2001, 2002, 2005|
|Martin Lel||Kenya||3||2003, 2006, 2009|
|Paul Tergat||Kenya||2||2000, 2005|
|Zersenay Tadese||Eritrea||3||2010, 2011, 2012|
|Haile Gebrselassie||Ethiopia||2||2002, 2008|
|Salina Kosgei||Kenya||2||2006, 2008|
|Tsehay Gemechu||Ethiopia||2||2021, 2022|