Ethiopia’s Berhanu Legese took his second honors at the 13th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (19) in New Delhi, India.
Legese outsprinted the Kenyan world marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui who he left struggling as he led a double Ethiopian podium place when he cut the tape in 59:46 and was closely followed by Andamlak Belihu who crossed the line five seconds later with Leornard Korir from United States coming in third to close the podium three with the same time as the second Ethiopia.
Kenya’s Jorum Lumbasi and London championships winner Kirui crossed the line in fifth and sixth in 59:58 and 1:00.03 respectively.
India got new national record time when their first athlete crossed the line in 1:03.53 finishing in tenth place.
The race was flagged off in ideal 14 Degrees Celsius on Sunday morning, but any hopes of lowering the course record of 59:06 that was set by Ethiopian Guye Adola in 2014, being eclipsed soon vanished as it turned into a tactical race.
1. Berhanu Legese (ETH) 59:46
2. Andamlak Belihu (ETH) 59:51
3. Leonard Korir (USA) 59:51
4. Asefa Negewo (ETH) 59:53
5. Jorum Okumbo (KEN) 59:58
6. Geoffrey Kirui (KEN) 1:00.03
7. Edwin Kiptoo (KEN) 1:00.05
8. Abadi Hadis (ETH) 1:00.24
9. John Langat (KEN) 1:00.39
10. Nitendra Rawat (IND) 1:03.53