Smith Betters Brooklyn Half Course Mark

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 20, 2013
  • Updated May. 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM UTC
Kim Smith is one of the fastest half marathoners in the world. Photo:

The New Zealand ace shatters the mark that had stood since 1986.

Brooklyn may be located in the United States, but as far as the women’s race at the Brooklyn Half on Saturday was concerned, it belonged to New Zealand.

Olympian Kim Smith clocked a blazing time to win the race and set a new course record in 1:11:24. She obliterated the old mark that stood at 1:13:15 since 1986.

West Side Runners’ Hirut Beyene Guangul came in second place in 1:14:31, while Liz Costello was third in 1:14:40.

The men’s race went to Tesfaye Girma, Guangul’s West Side Runners’ teammate. He broke the tape in 1:06:03, nearly three minutes slower than the existing course record.

Ketema Nigusse (1:06:14) and Fikadu Lemma (1:06:22) finished second and third.

Approximately 20,000 runners turned out to race in Brooklyn. The event has been held every year since 1981. At this year’s edition, sponsor New Balance staged a three-day Brooklyn Half Pre-Party.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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