Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw Smashes World Half Marathon Record

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Ethiopia's Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashed the women's World half marathon record on Sunday at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Larne, Northern Ireland.

The 22-year-old Yehualaw clocked an amazing 1:03:44 to shave 18 seconds from the previous world half marathon record of 1:04:02 held by Kenya's Ruth Chepngetich. Yehualaw took 57 second off her personal best set in Istanbul earlier this year when Chepngetich set the then world record.

Kenya’s 19-year-old Jane Nyaboke who took second place in Larne finished 6 minutes behind the winner in  1:09:45. Great Britain's Britain's Rose Harvey concluded the podium with 1:10:29 with Georgie Schwiening fourth (1:11:13).

“This was a dream come true for me,” 22-year-old Yehualaw told BBC Sports. “I have tried twice before to break the world record but it didn’t happen, but I’m so happy it happened today in Larne.”

In the men's race It was an Ethiopia's Jemal Yimer claimed the wictory in a sprint finish in 1:00:30 just one second ahead of his compatriot Tesfahun Akalnew (1:00:31) and two seconds ahead of Kenya's Shadrack Kimining (1:00:32).

Top Results women

RankNameNationalityRace Time
1Yalemzerf YEHUALAWETH1:03:44
2Vane NYAMBOKEKEN1:09:45
3Rose HARVEYENG1:10:29
4Georgie SCHWIENINGENG1:11:13
5Fionnuala ROSSNIR1:13:10
6Ann-Marie MCGLYNNNIR1:13:13
7Becky BRIGGSENG1:13:32
8Jessica CRAIGNIR1:14:49
10Aoife KILGALLONIRE1:15:07

Top Results men

RankNameNationalityRace Time
1Jemal YIMERETH1:00:30
2Tesfahun AKALNEWETH1:00:31
3Shadrack KIMININGKEN1:00:32
4Marc SCOTTGB & NI1:00:35
5Nigel MARTINENG1:03:22
6Ryan CREECHIRE1:03:26
7Paul O'DONNELLIRE1:03:37
8Ross SKELTONENG1:03:40
9Yalemzerf YEHUALAWETH1:03:44
10Stephen SCULLIONIRE1:03:54
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