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Kenyan Beats Half-Marathon Record

April 5, 1998

MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Kenya’s Paul Tergat set a world best in the half-marathon Saturday, with his fifth consecutive victory in the Stramilano road race.

Tergat, a four-time world cross country champion, completed the 13.1-mile race through Milan’s downtown streets in 59 minutes, 17 seconds, improving the previous mark by 30 seconds. That was set in 1993, also in Milan by another Kenyan, Moses Tanui, who ran 59:47.

Antonio Pinto of Portugal ran the half-marathon in 59:43 in Lisbon last month, but his time has not yet been ratified by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the world governing body.

Tergat, holder of the world 10,000-meter record on the track, led all the way, beating teammate Philip Tarus by more than one minute. Khalid Khannounchi of Morocco placed third.

Two other Kenyans, John Korir and Mark Yatich, finished fourth and fifth, respectively.