Ethiopia’s Tsehay Gemechu smashed the course of the 14th edition of the Delhi Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (21) in Delhi, India.
Pre-race favorites Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgogei found the going tough as Gemechu took control of the race to deny the two a top podium finish.
Dibaba, the greatest ever woman distance runner in the world with three Olympic, five World Championship gold medals in 5000m and 10,000m, had a forgettable race as fatigue caught up with her as she strayed from the pack from the beginning.
Gemechu, running her first half marathon, took four seconds off the nine-year-old previous record of Mary Keitany that she set in 2009. She cut the tape in a new course record of 1:06.50.
Jepkosgei the favorite was forced to settle on second place when she crossed the line in 1:06.56 with another Ethiopia Zeineba Yimer closing the podium first three finishes in 1:06.59.
Gemechu pocketed a cool $27,000 and will also be added $10,000 for setting a new course record.
- Tsehay Gemechu (ETH) 1:06.50
- Joyciline Jepkosgogei (KEN) 1:06.56
- Zeineba Yimer (ETH) 1:06.59