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Haile Gebrselassie to race at Antrim Coast Half-Marathon

The Emperor of endurance running will join Jo Pavey in the Antrim Coast Classic Street Mile on August 27 before commentating on the following day’s half-marathon.

The ‘Mid & East Antrim’ Antrim Coast Half Marathon, which takes place in Larne in Northern Ireland in late August, has secured a major coup with the signing of Haile Gebrselassie.

The 49-year-old, who won multiple global titles during his career, will run the inaugural Antrim Coast Classic Street Mile for fun with Jo Pavey, young athletes and parents on the evening of August 27 before joining race director James McIlroy to commentate on a half-marathon the next day that features Britain’s Marc Scott and Callum Hawkins and Ethiopians Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Jemal Yimer.

Yehualaw comes to this year’s race having broken the women’s world record over 10km with 29:14 in Castellon, Spain, in addition to running the fastest female debut marathon ever of 2:17:23 in Hamburg in April.

At the Antrim Coast event last year she appeared to break the world record for 13.1 miles with 63:43 but was denied the mark due to the course being found to be 54 metres short.

Yalemzerf will be joined at this year’s Antrim Coast event by her training partner Tsehay Gemechu. The 23-year-old Ethiopian comes to this year’s with a personal best of 65:08 and has been winner of the Lisbon Half-Marathon two years in a row and Copenhagen Half-Marathon in 2021.

In addition for this World Athletics Elite Label road race there is Gete Alemayehu, who recorded 66:37 for second in Barcelona Half-Marathon in April. Beatrice Chepkemoi of Kenya, who has a PB of 67:29, will make it four women who have run under 67 minutes 30 seconds confirmed for the event.

The men’s race sees the first eight finishers from the 2021 race return for a second year. Ethiopian record-holder and last year’s winner, Yimer, is the fastest in the race with a personal best of 58:33.  He also comes into the race off the back of a 2:08 marathon in Boston in April and a 10km personal best of 27:49 over 10km in Atlanta last weekend.

Ethiopian Tesfahun Akalnew was runner-up in Larne 12 months ago and has subsequently recorded a 2:06:55 marathon in Amsterdam and will be looking to go one better than last year, while also getting under the 60-minute barrier.

Marc Scott, Shadrack Kimining, Jemal Yimer at the 2021 Antrim Coast Half

With eight Africans already confirmed in the men’s race who have run under 60 minutes it will give the British duo Scott and Hawkins the perfect opportunity to break the 60-minute barrier and get close to Sir Mo Farah’s British record of 59:32 which was set in Lisbon seven years ago.

Northern Ireland, Ireland, England and Scotland will also confirm their teams for the race in coming days, but a strong line up is guaranteed with 120 runners already confirmed in the elite race, which is double the size of last year.

James McIlroy, the race director and former 800m international, said: We’re delighted that Haile has agreed to join us for our one-mile run. He is one of the most talented athletes of all-time, and this event gives everyone the opportunity to run alongside the great man.”

Ruth McIlroy, wife of James and co-race director, added: “Everyone connected with the race and Northern Ireland as a whole are delighted that Haile wants to attend this year’s event. He will be running the 1st Antrim Coast Classic Street Mile on the Saturday evening, and what an inspirational athlete to have running alongside the kids and adults alike?

“Since Yalemzerf’s run last year when she appeared to have become the first women to have broken the 64-minute barrier, our elite runners coming from Ethiopia has multiplied five-fold, but having Haile Gebrselassie now confirmed is something special, as he’s loved wherever he goes.

“Yalemzerf’s coach Tessema Abshero paced many of Haile’s world record attempts on the road, and Haile also acts as a mentor to Yalemzerf, so to have both Haile and Tessema along with Jo Pavey participate in our first mile will be something pretty special.”

Source: athleticsweekly.com

Margaret Chelimo wins Barcelona Half Marathon

World 5000m silver medallist, Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi took the top honors at the Barcelona Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (3) in Barcelona, Spain.

The 29 year-old who was making her first half marathon debut, stuck with the more experienced Gete Alemayehu and Asnakech Awoke both from Ethiopia.

The two Ethiopians could not match her 10km experience and pace as she left the gasping for air at the 18km mark to forge ahead and cut the tape in the second fastets time over the distance in  barcelona and a new life time best of 1:05.26.

Alemayehu was forced to settle in second place in 1:06.37 with Awoke closing the podium three finishes in a time of 1:09.39.

Ethiopia’s Rediet Daniel Molla and Ester Cots Corominas from Spain finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:10.22 and 1:11.31 respectively.



  1. Margaret Kipkemboi  (KEN) 1:05.26
  2. Gete Alemayehu          (ETH) 1:06.37
  3. Asnakech Awoke         (ETH) 1:09.34
  4. Rediet Daniel Molla     (ETH) 1:10.22
  5. Ester Cots Corominas  (SPN)  1:11.31

Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashes the African all-comers’ record at Ethiopian Great Run

The 2020 World half marathon bronze medallist champion, Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashed the African all-comers’ record at the Ethiopian Great Run 10km Race that was held on Sunday (23) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The 22 year-old who is the world second fastest half-marathon runner displayed one of the greatest performances ever experienced in this part of the world as she smashed the African all-comers’ record of 30:55 that had been set by Sheila Chelangat from Kenya in 2019.

Yehualaw defended her title as she broke the race course record by over one minute when she cut the tape in a time of 30:14 and she was followed closely by Girmawit Gebregziabiher who was forced to finish in second place twelve seconds later. Boki Diriba finished in third place in 27:24.



  1. Yalemzerf Yehualaw      (ETH) 30:14
  2. Girmawit Gebrzihair       (ETH) 30:26
  3. Melknat Wedu                 (ETH) 30:41
  4. Gete Alemayehu              (ETH) 31:03
  5. Bosena Mulate                 (ETH) 31:14

Mekonnen, Alamirew take Ethiopian Cross Country titles

Enyew Mekonnen and Enatnesh Almirew clinched the senior men’s and women’s senior titles, respetively, at the 35th Jan Meda International Cross Country, which doubles as the Ethiopian national championships, at the Jan Meda race course in Addis Ababa on Sunday (25).

This year’s event, which saw the absence of the country’s top distance running talents due to commitments to run in other championships and spring road races, served as the qualifying race for the 5th African Cross Country Championships scheduled to take place in Chlef, Algeria, next month.


 An inexperienced field of runners was given a boost with the late hour news that world 5000m champion Muktar Edris would contest the race. The 22-year old saw Jan Meda as a chance to redeem himself after a winless cross country season at home and abroad.

Things started well for Edris, who took to the front early on and at one point stretched his lead to some 50 metres. But his early ambitions began to fade as early as the third kilometre when he was passed by Leykun Birhan. While Birhan kept up the pace at the head of the group, Edris continued to fade away as droves of challengers easily made up the ground on his early lead.

At the six-kilometre mark, it was former world junior 10,000m bronze medallist Hunegnaw Mesfin who took his turn at the head of pack. He maintained his lead for another one-kilometre lap before he too was overtaken by Enyew Mekonnen, who clawed his way from fifth into the lead. The Sidama Buna runner continued to stretch his lead and stopped the clock at 31:01, slowing down towards the end to celebrate his victory.

“The first two laps made me think like, ‘Oh, this is not my day’,” Mekonnen said. “It was a very fast race. Later, the pace became normal. I felt like I was strong enough to finish with a medal. Winning in Jan meda is big [for me].”


 Unlike the men’s race, the senior women ran a slow pace for the first four kilometres. At the halfway point, the starting group was reduced to 11 with Shasho Insermu and Rehima Tusa exchanging the lead and Enatnesh Almirew, who knows what it takes to win in Jan Meda, following about 50 metres behind. Alamirew’s economical run paid off when she launched a blistering kick in the final 800 metres pulling Gete Alemayehu and Liyish Kassaye with her before stopping the clock at 35:32. She added another Jan Meda medal to her growing collection following a senior women’s 8km title in 2016 and a silver medal in the same event last year.

“Running here (Jan Meda) is always tough,” she said. “But I think my experience helped me. I was not sure I was going to win it. But I just wanted to try and see.”


 Abe Gashaw, who was among the favourites to win the U-20 8km contest, proved his strong finish once again after winning the Great Ethiopian Run in 2016 with the same style. The first pack of six men quickly distanced themselves from the rest as early as the fifth kilometre. One kilometre later, Birhanu Wendimu, Gashaw, Mekuriaw Zeleke, Nibret Melake and Solomon Berihun all positioned themselves for the final sprint without really looking to make a decisive move. That moment came in the last 50 metres when Melake and Gashaw took off with the latter getting the nod by one second in 24:49.

“I was well prepared because I knew the race would be really difficult,” said Gashaw. “I struggled to catch the first pack at the early stages. With my (Ethiopian) team, I hope we can bring medals from the (African Cross Country) championships.”

In the women’s corresponding race, Jan Meda debutant Girmawit Gebregzabher clinched the 6km U20 women’s title after surging ahead at the halfway point. The winner was well ahead with over a kilometre remaining while the chasing pack showed no intention of closing the gap. She deservedly took victory in 21:11, 12 seconds ahead of her closest challenger Tsige Gebreselama.

“This is the first time running at Jan Meda,” she said. “I am very excited to win here, and I hope I would repeat this (in Algeria).”

Leading Results:

Senior Men’s 10km –
1. Enyew Mekonnen 31:01
2. Tadesse Tesfahun 31:07
3. Hunegnaw Mesfin 31:09
4. Mekashaw Eshetu 31:09
5. Gebre Erkyihun 31:10
6. Leykun Birhan 31:13

Senior Women’s 10km –
1. Enatnesh Alamirew 35:32
2. Gete Alemayehu 35:36
3. Rehima Tusa 35:49
4. Liyish Kassaye 35:56
5. Zinash Astifo 36:05
6. Shasho Insermo 36:09

U20 Men’s 8km –
1. Abe Gashaw 24:49
2. Nibret Melake 24:50
3. Birhanu Wendimu 24:58
4. Mekuriaw Zeleke 25:02
5. Solomon Berihun 25:05
6. Getachew Masresha 25:06

U20 Women’s 6km –
1. Girmawit Gebregzabher 21:11
2. Tsige Gebreselama 21:23
3. Mizan Alem 21:28
4. Birzaf Tareke 21:34
5. Birhan Mihretu 21:38
6. Ejegayehu Taye 21:40