Kessler, Welteji break records at World Road Running Championships in Riga

  • 2023-10-02
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The United States' Hobbs Kessler and Ethiopia's Diribe Welteji set new records at the World Athletics Road Running Championships in Riga on Sunday.

Kessler won the men's mile in a world record of three minutes and 56.13 seconds. Britain's Callum Elson took silver and American Sam Prakel took bronze.

Welteji won the inaugural women's world mile title in a world record of four minutes and 20.98 seconds. Another Ethiopian, Freweyni Hailu finished second and Kenya's Faith Kipyegon was third.

Also on Sunday, Kenya's Beatrice Chebet won the women's 5-kilometer race, clocking 14 minutes and 35 seconds, and Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet won the men's 5-kilometer race, crossing the line in 12 minutes and 59 seconds.

Sabastian Kimaru Sawe of Kenya won the men's half marathon in 59 minutes and 10 seconds, and Peres Jepchirchir, also of Kenya, won the women's half marathon in one hour, seven minutes and 25 seconds.