Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer is the new winner of the Antrim Coast Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (29) in Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The 2018 African 10000 Athletics Champion won the race 60:29 as he edged out Tesfahun Akalnew also from Ethiopia who crossed the line in second place a second later.
Kenya’s Shadrack Kimining closed the first podium three finishes in 60:31.
Marck Scott from Northern Ireland and Nigel Martin from England took the fourth and fifth place in 1:00.34 and 1:03.21 respectively
The race course record of 60:21 that was set by Mo Farah remained intact.
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.