Athletics

Ethiopia’s Yeshaneh breaks world half marathon record

Ababel Yeshaneh (Getty Images)
Ababel Yeshaneh (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Ethiopia's Ababel Yeshaneh smashed the world record to win the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon on Friday, clocking 1:04.31 at the World Athletics Gold Label race.

Marathon world record-holder Brigid Kosgei was second in 1:04.49, with her time was also inside the previous world record of 1:04.51, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei in Valencia in 2017.

Kosgei led for the first half, taking the field through 5km in 15.07 and 10km in 30.18.

By this point, only Yeshaneh was able to stick with the Kenyan as Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yelahun led the chase pack some 11 seconds behind.

After passing 15km in 45.38 with a three-second lead over her Ethiopian rival, Kosgei was overtaken by Yeshaneh a few moments later.

Yeshaneh crossed the line in 1:04.31 to take 20 seconds off the world record while Kosgei followed in a Kenyan record of 1:04.49.

Rosemary Wanjiru came through to take third place in 1:05.34 and the next five women over the line finished within 67 minutes.

Meanwhile, Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie won the men’s race in 58.58 - finishing 18 seconds ahead of compatriot Alexander Mutiso.

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