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Jemal Yimer to headline the Antrim Coast Half Marathon

The 2018 African 10000 Athletics Champion, Jemal Yimer will be the star to watch at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon that will be held on Sunday (29) in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The 24 year-old, won his last half marathon outing at the Houston half marathon in 2020 and has also achieved the fastest ever debut half marathon in 59:00 that he got in 2019 at Ras al Khaimah half marathon in United Arab Emirates

Yimer will be joined by his fellow country-mate Tesfahun Akalnew, who carries on his shoulders a personal best of 59:22 that he got at the 2020 New Delhi Half Marathon.

The UK and Ireland will be led by Tokyo Olympians Marc Scott, Stephen Scullion and Paul Pollock. Scott is the two times European record holder and second fastest all-time Briton behind Sir Mo Farah over 10,000m and is looking to go one better this year, and become only the second Briton to break the 60 -minute barrier.

Stephen finished fourth in last year’s race and went on to break the Northern Ireland record.

Paul, fresh from his second Olympics will make his debut on the fast scenic course and will also threaten the top positions. Barcelona Olympian and multiple world record holder Tommy Hughes will be also sure to have huge crowd support again this year as he once again makes his latest bid on the vet’s +60 world record, which he smashed at last year’s race.

The defending champion, Farah is unable to race this year due to injury but has pledged his support for the event by being the race ambassador.

Kipsang targets a hat trick at Belfast Half Marathon

Kenya’s Gideon Kipsang will be looking to defend his title at the 5th edition of the River Rock Belfast Half Marathon that will be held on Sunday (23) in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In last year’s edition the 30-year-old Kenyan battled for honors with Belfast’s Stephen Scullion for the early stages of the race before forging ahead to win by a huge margin of 90 seconds in 1:04.38. Scullion had been lined up to renew his rivalry with Kipsang this weekend but the latter has instead traveled to compete in the US.

This leaves the way clear for a possible hat-trick of victories for Kipsang who has raced in the Province on numerous occasions.

He was runner up in the Belfast Marathon in 2015 and later that year won the Belfast Half in a record 1:04.24.

The African, on record as enjoying coming here, who might also defend his Bangor 10k next week.

While Kipsang is renowned for good solo runs, the anticipated poor weather conditions for Sunday are likely to militate against a fast time. Also, his opposition will not be overly challenging as the race clashes with next weekend’s inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon in Cardiff where a Northern Ireland team will compete.