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Tsihay Gemechu smashes the Copenhagen Half Marathon record

Ethiopia’s Tsihay Gemechu set a new course record at the sixth edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (19) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Gemechu who defended her Delhi Half Marathon in 2020, took on the race course of 1:05.15 that had been set on in 2018 by Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands.

Gemechu finished in fourth place at the 2019 World Championships in 5000m women race shaved off almost a minute from her personal best to smash the course record in a personal best of 1:05.08

Tsehay Gemechu from Ethiopia on her way to win the 2021 Copenhagen Women Half Marathon. Photo by Organizers

Gemechu was followed by Hawi Feysa also from Ethiopia who crossed the line in second place in 1:05.41 with our home girl Vivian Kiplagat coming in third in 1:06.07.

Esther Chesang and Tabita Gichia both from Kenya finished in sixth and seventh place in 1:10.32 and 1:11.39 respectively.



  1. Tsehay Gemechu (ETH) 1:05.08
  2. Hawi Feysa            (ETH) 1:05.41
  3. Vivian Kiplagat    (ETH) 1:06.07

Amdework Walalegn beats Kenneth Renju to claim the Copenhagen title

Ethiopia’s Amdework Walalegn beat his fierce rival Kenneth Renju from Kenya at the sixth edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (19) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Walalegn overpowered Renju with a fire kick at the finish line to cut the tape ahead of him in 59:10 with Renju crossing the line in two seconds later.

Daniel Mateiko from Kenya closed the first three podium finishes in 59:25.
Ethiopia’s Abe Tilahun and Zerei Kbro from Norway finished in fourth and fifth place in 59:46 and 1:00.07 respectively.

Three other Kenyans Enos Kakopil of 1:00.17,  Geoffrey Koech of 1:00.20 and Shadrack Kimining of1:01.12 finished in sixth, seventh and ninth place respectively.



  1. Amdework Walalegn  (ETH) 59:10
  2. Kenneth Renju             (KEN) 59:12
  3. Daniel Mateiko            (KEN)  59:25
  4. Abe Tilahun                  (ETH) 59:46
  5. Zerei Kbro                     (NOR) 60:07

Hassan target SPAR European Cross Country Championships

After winning the Copenhagen Half Marathon last weekend in a sensational European record of 65:15, Sifan Hassan has said she harbours aspirations of tackling the full marathon distance – but only after the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

A 5000/10,000m double beckons for Hassan at the 2020 Olympics but her next goal will land closer to home: the SPAR European Cross Country Championships on home soil in Tilburg on 9 December.

After slicing more than a minute off the European record in Copenhagen, Hassan traveled to Tilburg on Tuesday (18) to inspect the Beekse Bergen Safari Park, the location for the 25th edition of the championships.

Hassan expressed her liking of the course and the location and told reporters that she is looking forward to taking part in a home championship in December.

“The Netherlands is home for me. And I think cross country is the best thing there is – a soft surface and time is not that important. But I want to win of course,” said Hassan, who moved to the Netherlands from Ethiopia at the age of 17.

Hassan hasn’t competed at these championships since 2015 when she romped to victory in the senior women’s race in Hyeres, France. Hassan marked her arrival onto the European stage two years prior with victory in the U23 race in Belgrade, Serbia – her first appearance in a Dutch vest in an international competition.

On her plans to move up in distance, Hassan told local reporters: “I have never run a whole marathon but I will do that after the Tokyo Olympics where I want to contest the 5000m and 10,000m, I am going to focus on that. But I do not want to let go of those shorter distances, I would regret that.”

Hassan, who also eclipsed the European 5000m record in July, will begin as the automatic favourite in the senior women’s 8km but there could be success for the Netherlands in the team race as well.

European 10,000m silver medallist Susan Krumins and sub-4:00 1500m runner Maureen Koster – who were sixth and eighth respectively behind Hassan in the 5000m at the European Championships – have also been pre-selected for Tilburg.

Daniel Kipchumba wins the Copenhagen Half Marathon

Kenya’s Daniel Kipchumba took the top honors at the 4th edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon that was held on Sunday in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The hopes for a world record was high before the race, however, they do not come easy. The first 10km proved to be too slow with a large leading group splitting in 28:10, with the 21 year-old battling for the top honors with Abraham Kiptum the 2018 Daegu course record holder, Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer Mekonnen and double world champion on 3000m indoor, Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha for the top honors.

Kipchumba managed to hold the pace and broke away from the crowd at the 15km mark and he never looked back to cut the tape in 59:06 which is the second fastest time.

“I am very happy. I wanted to push the pace at 15K, but I found conditions to be too windy, and so I stayed in the group,” said the 21-year-old Kenyan, who fought a close battle with his countryman Abraham Kiptum, eventually beating him with three seconds.

Kiptum crossed the line in second place in 59:09 with Mekonnen closing the podium three finishes in 59:14.

Kejecha came home in fourth with Felix Kibitok from Kenya finishing in fifth place in 59:17 and 59:21.

Rio Olympics marathon silver meadallist Lelisa Desisa finished a distant seventh in 59:52.

Kipchumba told afterwards that he will be attempting a new fast half marathon time in New Delhi on October 21st.

Eight men dipped under the magic 60 minutes, once again proving the race to be one of fastest half marathon races in the world.


  1. Daniel Kipchumba (KEN) 59:06
  2. Abraham Kiptum    (KEN) 59:09
  3. Jemal Mekonnen     (ETH) 59:14
  4. Yomif Kejelcha        (ETH) 59:17
  5. Felix Kibitok            (KEN) 59:21

Erick Kiptanui and Galen Rupp withdraws from Copenhagen Half Marathon

Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui has withdrawn from the 4th edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon that will be held on Sunday (16)  in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kiptanui took the world with surprise when he ran the fifth fastest time in 2018 and equaled the fifth in the all-time performances for the distance.

The 28 year-old won the Berlin Half Marathon which was his third time that he was running in a half marathon with amazing splits of 5K – 13:32; 10K – 27:32; 15K– 41:38, to beat the former world marathon record holder Patrick Makau’s course record of 58:56.

Kiptanui who was short of 19 seconds of the current world record and a mere two seconds from the fastest half marathon time in seven years had vowed to bring down the course record come Sunday, “I’m coming to Copenhagen to set a new world record,” said the confident Kiptanui.

Another big name to drop out of the CPH is Galen Rupp, an Olympic marathon bronze medalist who has withdrawn his name to concentrate of defending his Chicago Marathon. title which he can use event as part of his preparations

In the women’s race World half marathon champion, Netsanet Gudeta from Ethiopia has withdrawn due to an injury she got in training while Jordan Hasay who finished third at last year’s Chicago Marathon is also preparing for the same race.


Hassan now sets her sights on the Copenhagen Half Marathon

After winning the 3000m at the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 in a world-leading and national record 8:27.50, Sifan Hassan will turn her attention to the roads and will run the Copenhagen Half Marathon – a five star certified road race by European Athletics Running for All – next Sunday (16).

Hassan has not raced over anything longer than 5000m this year, the distance at which she set a European record of 14:22.34 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat in July, so she is approaching the race with a mixture of trepidation and curiosity.

“It will be my first race on the roads for a long time and I’m interested to see how it will go. All my training has been for the track but, as you can see, I am in good shape. I will have to try to pace myself and I am not quite sure of the strategy, but I will get some advice and I am sure it will be fun,” said Hassan, after her victory in Ostrava where she was racing for Team Europe.

It will have been almost five years since Hassan last raced on the roads so the change of surface will be metaphorically and perhaps literally, a shock to the system but Hassan is out to enjoy the experience.

“It’s not my first half marathon, I did one before back in 2011 when I was 18 years old and I had also just started running on the track. It was in Eindhoven and I ran almost flat out for the first two kilometres and then was dying at that point but I was determined to finish and did so. In fact, I won the race in around 77 minutes (actually 1:17:10).

“I’m expecting to do better in Copenhagen but I don’t know what time I will run,” she added, deliberately not raising expectations but it’s not unreasonable to expect that Hassan will do well on the super-fast course in the Danish capital.

The European best for the year is 1:08:58 by Lonah Chemtai Salpeter – the Israeli will return to racing in October and is currently mulling over her options over which half marathon to contest – when she finished as the first European at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia at the end of March.

However, it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that Hassan could top that, although adding another Dutch record to her list of accolades might be a tall order. This record currently stands at 1:06:25 to Lornah Kiplagat, which was a world record when she ran it to win at the 2007 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Udine, Italy.

Hassan’s coach Alberto Salazar said last week that he could foresee her, “running between 69 and 70 minutes (in Copenhagen) although she has not been training specifically for a half marathon.”

However, Salazar advised that despite her run in the Copenhagen Half Marathon that her championship ambitions remain very much focused on the track for the next two years albeit at the longer distances. “I definitely see Sifan as very competitive in the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and after that we shall have to wait and see,” said the American.

And while Hassan doesn’t look set to follow the pace at the very front of the elite women’s race on Sunday, the inclusion of the reigning European 5000m champion is still a boon for the organisers.

“Sifan Hassan is an amazing name to add to the line-up. She ranks among the greatest athletes in Europe and we are honoured that she has chosen the CPH Half to test herself over the half marathon distance”, said Copenhagen Half Marathon competition director Henrik Paulsen, when the announcement that Hassan had been added to the field was made on Friday.

Source: european-athletics.org

Kiptanui targets world half marathon record at Copenhagen Half Marathon

Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui has been lined up for the 4th edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon that will be held on September 16 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The 2018 Berlin Half Marathon champion ran a superb time of 58:42 which was not only a new course record but was also the fifth fastest half marathon time ever. It was only the third time that he was running in a half marathon.

The 28 year-old has been paired alongside the defending champion Abraham Cheroben but he is keen on the world record than his opponent.

Kiptanui is very likely to be able to put weight behind his words, as earlier this year, as he was short of 19 seconds of the current world record and a mere two seconds from the fastest half marathon time in seven years

Erick Kiptanui to battle Abraham Cheroben the defending Copenhagen Half marathon champion

“I’m coming to Copenhagen to set a new world record,” said the confident Kiptanui.

Cheroben will be seeking to defend his title as he returns to the Danish capital to claim his second consecutive win.

“In my opinion, the Copenhagen Half Marathon is the place to run a fast time. I had a fantastic race last year, and I will return to win once again,” says Cheroben.

Apart from Kiptanui and Cheroben, Alex Korio is also confirmed to compete in Copenhagen.

Korio finished third during the last year’s edition when he crossed the line in 58.51 to become one of three runners to dip under 59 minutes at the Copenhagen, which was nothing short of a historical achievement