The 2016 Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon – Summary and 41 Images

 

I just returned from Istanbul where I spent the weekend doing some media work for the organizers of last Sunday’s Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon. It was the 11th edition of the event, but just the second that featured a professional elite field.

The men’s race was quite competitive, won by Ali Kaya of Turkey in 1:00:16, a new national record and European Under-23 record. He ran impressively to beat a solid field which included two world record holders: Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea, the world record holder over the half marathon distance, and Kenyan Leonard Komon, the world record holder at 10km and 15km.

Violah Jepchumba of Kenya was dominant in the women’s race, winning by more than a minute in 1:08:17.

In the specialist distance running and track & field media, the weekend was dominated by the London Marathon, one of the premiere 42.2km races in the world. Given that, we managed to attract some decent coverage. A sampling of stories that appeared via press releases I produced and distributed:

Previews:

Reports:

Ali Kaya and Leonard Langat at the 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

Ali Kaya and Leonard Langat at the 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Image Gallery – 2016 Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon

Below is an image gallery featuring 41 photos of the elite athletes that figured prominently in the race. I shot from a vehicle leading the men’s contest, so unfortunately there are very view images from the women’s.

Key athletes photographed:

MEN –

  • Ali Kaya, Turkey
  • Ben Chelimo Somikwo, Uganda
  • Emmanuel Bor, Kenya
  • Evans Kigen Kurui, Kenya
  • Evans Kiplagat, Kenya
  • Hillary Kipruto Chesire, Kenya
  • Kenneth Kipkemoi Kiprop, Kenya
  • Leonard Komon, Kenya
  • Leonard Langat, Kenya
  • Paul Kipkemoi Kipkorir, Kenya
  • Selamyhun Fenta Tamrat, Ethiopia
  • Terefa Debela Debese, Ethiopia
  • Teshomi Shumi, Ethiopia
  • Titus Kipjumba Mbishei, Kenya
  • Vincent Rono, Kenya
  • Zersenay Tadese, Eritrea

WOMEN

  • Amane Gobena, Ethiopia
  • Meskerem Assefa, Ethiopia
  • Violah Jepchumba, Kenya

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Men’s Lead Pack

Men's lead pack 2016 istanbul Half 6

At front, from left: Ali Kaya, Leonard Langat, Zersenay Tadese, Leonard Komon, Vincent Rono, Emmanuel Bor

 

Men's lead pack 2016 istanbul Half 7

From left: Emmanuel Bor, Ali Kaya, Leonard Langat, Titus Kipjumba Mbishei, Leonard Komon, Zersenay Tadese, Kenneth Kipkemoi Kiprop

 

Men's lead pack 2016 istanbul Half 5

At front, from left: Emmanuel Bor, Ali Kaya, Leonard Langat, Titus Kipjumba Mbishei, Leonard Komon, Zersenay Tadese, Kenneth Kipkemoi Kiprop, Evans Kigen Kurui

 

Men's lead pack 2016 istanbul Half 4

At front, from left: Evans Kigen Kurui, Leonard Komon, Titus Kipjumba Mbishei, Teshomi Shumi

 

Men's lead pack 2016 istanbul Half 3

Men's lead pack 2016 istanbul Half 2

Men's lead pack 2016 istanbul Half 1

Titus Kipjumba Mbishei, Leonard Langat, Ali Kaya 2016 Istanbul Half

Titus Kipjumba Mbishei, Leonard Langat and Ali Kaya – 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

Individual Athletes

Leonard Komon 2016 Istanbul Half

Leonard Komon leading Zersenay Tadese and Ali Kaya at the 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Leonard Komon 2016 Istanbul Half

Leonard Komon leading Zersenay Tadese and Leonard Langat at the 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Zersenay Tadese 2016 Istanbul Half

Zersenay Tadese, 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Ali Kaya 2016 Istanbul Half

Ali Kaya, 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Leonard Komon at the 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

Leonard Komon at the 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Leonard Langat 2016 Istanbul Half

Ali Kaya, Leonard Langat and Titus Kipjumba Mbishei at the 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Ben Chelimo Somikwo 2016 Istanbul Half

Ben Chelimo Somikwo, 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Ben Chelimo Somikwo 3 2016 Istanbul Half

Ben Chelimo Somikwo

 

Ben Chelimo Somikwo 4 2016 Istanbul Half

Ben Chelimo Somikwo

 

Ben Chelimo Somikwo 2 2016 Istanbul Half

Ben Chelimo Somikwo

 

Emmanuel Bor 2016 Istanbul Half

Emmanuel Bor, 2016 Istanbul Half

 

Emmanuel Bor 2 2016 Istanbul Half

Emmanuel Bor

 

Emmanuel Bor 3 2016 Istanbul Half

Emmanuel Bor

 

Evans Kigen Kirui 2 2016 Istanbul Half

Evans Kigen Kurui

 

Evans Kigen Kurui 2016 Istanbul Half

Evans Kigen Kurui

 

Evans Kiplagat 4 2016 Istanbul Half

Evans Kiplagat

 

Evans Kiplagat 2 2016 Istanbul Half

Evans Kiplagat

 

Evans Kiplagat 3 2016 Istanbul Half

Evans Kiplagat

 

Evans Kiplagat 5 2016 Istanbul Half

Evans Kiplagat

 

Evans Kiplagat 2016 Istanbul Half

Evans Kiplagat, 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Hillary Kipruto Chesire - 2016 Istanbul Half

Hillary Kipruto Chesire, 2016 Istanbul Half

 

Hillary Kipruto Chesire 2 - 2016 Istanbul Half

Hillary Kipruto Chesire

 

Kenneth Kipkemoi Kiprop 2016 Istanbul Half

Kenneth Kipkemoi Kiprop, 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Paul Kipkemoi Kipkorir 2016 Istanbul Half

Paul Kipkemoi Kipkorir

 

Paul Kipkemoi Kipkorir 2016 Istanbul Half

Paul Kipkemoi Kipkorir, 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Selamyhun Fenta Tamrat

Selamyhun Fenta Tamrat, 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Terefa Debela Debese 2016 Istanbul Half

Terefa Debela Debese, 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Terefa Debela Debese 2016 Istanbul Half

Terefa Debela Debese

 

Terefa Debela Debese 2016 Istanbul Half

Terefa Debela Debese

 

Titus Kipjumba Mbishei 2016 Istanbul Half

Titus Kipjumba Mbishei

 

Violah Jepchumba 2016 Istanbul Half

Violah Jepchumba winning the 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Medallist Podiums

2016 Istanbul Half men's podium - Zersenay Tadese, Ali Kaya, Leonard Langat

2016 Istanbul Half men’s podium – Zersenay Tadese, Ali Kaya, Leonard Langat

 

2016 Istanbul Half women's podium - Meskerem Assefa, Violah Jepchumba, Amane Gobena

2016 Istanbul Half women’s podium – Meskerem Assefa, Violah Jepchumba, Amane Gobena

 

All images © Bob Ramsak 2016. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use in any form is strictly prohibited. Sharing via social media –Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest– is welcome and encouraged but must be accompanied with credit and copyright notice. High resolution images available.
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