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Haftu Teklu smashes the Barcelona Half Marathon course record

Ethiopian Haftu Teklu smashed the course record of the 31st edition of the Barcelona Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (17) in Barcelona, Spain.

Teflu was in a lead group of seven athletes, including the two Ugandan hares Abel Sikowo and Mathew Chekwurui, set an intense pace which took them through 5km mark at a record pace with Eritrean Aron Kifle and Teklu passing with a time of 14:05 (18 seconds below the record).

At the 10km mark, the group passed with 28:08 (28 seconds ahead) and the first hare, Chekwurui, gave the baton to Sikowo so that he would shoot up to kilometer 15.

Teklu who was debuting held onto Sikowo who slowed down leaving Kissa and Teklu to kick and fight for honors but the Ethiopian carried the day with a strong kick cutting the tape in a new personal best and new course record of 59:39, five seconds behind the previous record that was set in 2018 by Mule Washiun from Ethiopia.

LEADING RESULTS

21KM MEN

  1. Haftu Teklu       (ETH) 59:34
  2. Stephen Kissa   (UG)  60:14
  3. Chala Regasa    (UG)  60:33
  4. Aron Kifle         (ETH) 60:48
  5. Abel Sikowo      (UG)  61:39

Tadese Worku beats Soufiane El-Bakkali at World Continental Tour

World Athletics U20 3000m Champion Tadese Worku continued with his great shape in the 3000m at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial that was held on Sunday (5) in Silesia, Poland, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.

Worku piped 3000m steeplechase gold medallist Soufiane El-Bakkali from Morocco who could not match the kicks of the young teenager.

The Ethiopian sensation took the race title when he crossed the line in a new Meet Record of 7:36.47 with El-Bakkali coming home in second in 7:37.18.

The 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games champion, Mohammed Tindouft closed the first three podium finishes in a new personal best of 7:38.92.

Ethiopia’s Haftu Teklu and Elzan Bibic from Serbia took fourth and fifth place in 7:39.62 (pb) and 7:39.95 respectively.

Kenya’s Mark Lomuket finished in a distant ninth place in 8:01.11.

LEADING RESULTS
3000m MEN

  1. Tadese Worku                 (ETH) 7:36.47 MR
  2. Soufiane El-Bakkali       (MOR) 7:37.18
  3. Mohammed Tindoufti  (MOR) 7:38.92 PB
  4. Haftu Teklu                     (ETH) 7:39.62   PB
  5. Elzan Bibic                      (SER)  7:39.95