March 23th, 2021
İzmir Seeking Bronze
Marathon İzmir will stage its second edition on 11 April. The race will be under inspection for World Athletics Bronze Label.
Having been organised in October last year due to the pandemic, the first marathon of İzmir is getting prepared to host the road runners again on the second Sunday of April, that is intended to be the traditional date. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, the organiser of the event, applied to the World Athletics in an attempt to elevate the marathon to a prestigious status in the international calendar. A World Athletics Technical Delegate will be on site on 11 April to observe the event in respect of the WA Bronze Label. Should the race meet the various World Athletics criteria from timing services to medical measures, Marathon İzmir would be the fourth event in Turkey granted a WA Road Race Label after Istanbul Marathon, Istanbul Half Marathon and Mersin Marathon.
Entries for the Marathon İzmir will be processed at www.maratonizmir.org until the 4th of April unless the quota is reached sooner. The registration for the side event 10km was closed earlier.
Timing services in İzmir will be provided by Depar Timing this year. Depar Timing had contributed to İstanbul and Mersin marathons in obtaining their first World Athletics (then IAAF) Road Race Labels as the timing services provider.
Due to the cancellation of several races in 2020 and the uncertainty with many events in 2021, World Athletics switched to “Label”, “Elite Label” and “Platinum Label” categories this year, but is expected to go back to the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum classification from next year on.
January 4th, 2021
Adana To Honour The Health Workers
Depar Timing is set to kick off the year in Adana on 10 January. This year's half marathon is dedicated to health workers.
Celebrating its eleventh edition, Adana Liberation Half Marathon is restricted only to Turkish citizens due to the pandemic. Top elite home runners are expected to take part in both men’s and women’s races, which offer 20 thousand Turkish Liras for the winners. There is also a prize purse for master age categories.
African athletes have been dominating in Adana for the past eight editions. Men’s race record is held by Kenya’s Barselius Kipyego by 1:00:46, standing from 2016. Women’s record was set by his compatriot Diana Kipyokei in 2018 with a time of 1:08:42.
Adana Metropolitan Municipality, the organiser of the event, announced that the 11th Adana Liberation Half Marathon will be held "in honour of the health workers who fight the pandemic by risking their own lives". The online registration to the event remains open until Friday, 8 January at adanakurtulusmaratonu.com. Timing services in the race will be provided by Depar Timing.
January 2nd, 2021
Top Five in 2020 Lists
The lack of competition opportunities due to pandemic did not hamper the historical results in marathon and half marathon in 2020.
Despite the cancellation of many road running events throughout the year, all-time lists were rewritten in the races that could be held. Valencia Marathon and Half Marathon in December saw the best ever depths in history. Thirty athletes finished the marathon inside 2:10 while four athletes ran faster the world record in the half marathon. Kibiwot Kandie clocked 57:32 to become the new world record holder. The world records of the women’s half marathon were also broken, by Ababel Yeshaneh for the mixed race with a time of 1:04:31 in Ras Al Khaimah in February, and by Peres Jepchirchir for the women-only race in 1:05:16 in Gdynia at the World Half Marathon Championships in October.
Having had very few chances to race during the year, Turkish athletes still delivered some remarkable performances, including Yavuz Ağralı’s Olympic qualifier marathon time 2:10:41 and Aras Kaya’s first ever sub-61 minute in half marathon by 1:00:51.
Top five athletes in the marathon and half marathon lists of 2020 are as follows;
Men's marathon World list:
2:03:00 Evans Chebet, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
2:03:04 Lawrence Cherono, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
2:03:16 Birhanu Legese, Ethiopia (Valencia, 6 December)
2:03:30 Amos Kipruto, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
2:04:12 Reuben Kiprop Kipyego, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
Men's marathon Turkish list:
2:08:50 Kaan Kigen Özbilen (Valencia, 6 December)
2:10:41 Yavuz Ağralı (Seville, 23 February)
2:12:59 Mestan Turhan (Valencia, 6 December)
2:14:29 Ömer Alkanoğlu (Seville, 23 February)
2:20:34 Üzeyir Söylemez (Istanbul, 8 November)
Women's marathon World list:
2:17:16 Peres Jepchirchir, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
2:17:45 Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, Israel (Tokyo, 1 March)
2:18:35 Birhane Dibaba, Ethiopia (Tokyo, 1 March)
2:18:40 Joyciline Jepkosgei, Kenya (Valencia, 1 March)
2:18:58 Brigid Kosgei, Kenya (London, 4 October)
Women's marathon Turkish list:
2:41:11 Tubay Erdal (Istanbul, 8 November)
2:43:06 Elif Dağdelen (Seville, 23 February)
2:47:52 Meryem Kılınç Gündoğdu (Istanbul, 8 November)
2:48:37* Yasemin Can Arslan (Izmir, 4 October)
2:58:35* Dilan Atak (Izmir, 4 October)
* Timing possibly not accurate, manual times read about three minutes faster.
Men's half marathon World list:
57:32 Kibiwott Kandie, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
57:37 Jacob Kiplimo, Uganda (Valencia, 6 December)
57:49 Rhonex Kipruto, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
57:59 Alexander Mutiso, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
58:11 Philemon Kiplimo, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
Men's half marathon Turkish list:
1:00:51 Aras Kaya (Gdynia, 17 October)
1:02:45+ Kaan Kigen Özbilen, (Valencia, 6 December)
1:03:10 Polat Kemboi Arıkan (Gdynia, 17 October)
1:03:16 Sezgin Ataç (Istanbul, 20 September)
1:03:34 Saffet Elkatmış (Gdynia, 17 October)
+ Intermediate time in marathon
Women's half marathon World list:
1:04:31 Ababel Yeshaneh, Ethiopia (Ras Al Khaimah, 21 February)
1:04:46 Yalemzerf Yehualaw, Ethiopia (New Delhi, 29 November)
1:04:49 Brigid Kosgei, Kenya (Ras Al Khaimah, 21 February)
1:05:06 Ruth Chepngetich, Kenya (New Delhi, 29 November)
1:05:16 Peres Jepchirchir, Kenya (Gdynia, 17 October)
Women's half marathon Turkish list:
1:06:20 Yasemin Can (Gdynia, 17 October)
1:12:22 Esma Aydemir (Gdynia, 17 October)
1:12:57 Fatma Demir (Gdynia, 17 October)
1:13:00 Sevilay Eytemiş (Trabzon, 23 February)
1:13:30 Fadime Çelik (Trabzon, 23 February)
December 31th, 2020
Best New Year Wishes From Depar Timing
May you have a good start to the year 2021, live the life at your targeted pace, and finish the year as strong as you can.
December 6th, 2020
World Record In Half Marathon: 57:32!
Amazing results recorded at the Valencia Marathon and Half Marathon, including the first ever sub-58 minutes in half marathon.
While Valencia hosted elite-only races due to the pandemic this year, both marathoners and half marathoners produced very fast performances. The races were timed by MyLaps ProChip system, which is provided by Depar Timing in Turkey. Kibiwott Kandie of Kenya sliced 29 seconds off the half marathon world record of 58:01 set by Geoffrey Kamworor last year. Kandie, who finished in 57:32, was followed by three others dipping under the previous record. Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo, the reigning World Half Marathon champion, came second in 57:37, Kenyans Rhonex Kipruto third in 57:49 and Alexander Mutiso fourth in 57:59.
Women’s half marathon witnessed a new course record. Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba, who has twelve World Championships medals under her belt and the silver medal from 1500m in Rio Olympics, was victorious by the fastest ever debut time, 1:05:18. Sheila Chepkirui of Kenya was second in 1:05:39, Ethiopian Senbere Teferi third in 1:05:51.
In the men’s marathon where thirty athletes finished under 2:10 with six of them breaking 2:05 barrier, Kenyans shared the first two places. Evans Chebet arrived first in 2:03:00, the sixth fastest time in history. Lawrence Cherono took second in 2:03:04. The podium was completed by Ethiopian Birhanu Legese who finished in 2:03:16.
Peres Jepchirchir, who came to Valencia with a personal best of 2:23:50, clocked a stunning 2:17:16 to win the women’s marathon. The Kenyan, gold medallist at the World Half Marathon Championships less than two months ago, moved up to fifth place on the all-time world marathon list. Her compatriot Joyciline Jepchirchir followed in 2:18:40. Helaria Johannes of Namibia finished third in 2:19:52.
The high-tech MyLaps ProChip system, which was utilised to time the races at the Valencia Marathon and Half Marathon, was most recently used by Depar Timing at the Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships held in Sakarya last October.