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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.

LEADING RESULTS

21Km WOMEN

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

Erick Kiptanui and Caroline Kipkirui Lead Strong Delhi Half Marathon Fields

Organisers have announced the elite fields for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, whose 14th edition is set for 21 October.

Leading the list is this year’s fastest man over the distance, Eric Kiptanui. The Kenyan has already notched up two impressive half marathon victories in 2018, winning the high-quality Lisbon and Berlin races earlier in the year, coming home in the German capital in a world-leading 58:42 to move up to number four on the world all-time list.

Kiptanui will be accompanied on his first trip to India by his training partner Daniel Kipchumba, who paced Kiptanui to 15 kilometres in Berlin. A few weeks later, Kipchumba stood on top of the podium himself after a win at the Verbania half marathon in Italy in 59:06.

Two-time TCS World 10K winner Alex Korio – whose best of 58:51 was set in the 2017 Copenhagen Half Marathon – has been a regular participant in Procam International events in recent years and has run in Delhi twice in the past, last in 2015, but has never faced either of his two compatriots in battle so the tactics between the three Kenyans will be fascinating to watch.

Representing Ethiopia will be two men who are better known as marathon runners but who can still boast of outstanding half marathon credentials.

Leul Gebresilase was second in the Dubai Marathon at the start of the year in 2:04:02 while Feyisa Lilesa won a memorable silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, their half marathon bests are 59:18 and 59:22 respectively.

Adding to the considerable global interest in the race, USA’s Leonard Korir and New Zealand’s Zane Robertson are also in the men’s elite field. Korir just missed the North and Central American record of 59:43 when he ran his personal best of 59:52 at this race last year while Robertson holds the Oceania area record with 59:47.

All the runners will have in mind the very good course records in Delhi.

The men’s mark is 59:06 and was set by Ethiopia’s Guye Adola in 2014 while the women’s course record has been standing since 2009 and belongs to Kenya’s Mary Keitany at 1:06:54.

The two fastest women in the ADHM elite field, Kenya’s Caroline Kipkirui and Ethiopia’s 2016 ADHM winner Worknesh Degefa, will go head-to-head again after a memorable duel in the Prague Half Marathon back in April.

Kipkirui – who set a personal best of 1:05:07 in Ras Al Khaimah in January – prevailed by just one second on that occasion to take second place in the Czech capital and it’s certain that Degefa will have that in mind ahead of her fourth ADHM appearance.

Two other highly-rated Ethiopian women will also be on the start line in Delhi: Yeshaneh Ababel and Senbere Teferi.

Ababel was second at the ADHM 2017 and has since been victorious at the Istanbul and Yangzhou half marathons while Teferi, who will be making her half marathon debut, has won world championship medals on the track and at cross country in the past and will arrive in Delhi fresh from setting a 3000m personal best when representing Africa at the recent IAAF Continental Cup.

All the leading runners will also have in their sights first prize cheques of US$27,000 with a total prize money purse (combined men and women) of US$280,000.

Elite fields for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 (with personal bests):

MEN –
Eric Kiptanui           (KEN) 58:42
Alex Korio                (KEN) 58:51
Daniel Kipchumba (KEN) 59:06
Leul Gebresilase     (ETH) 59:18
Feyisa Lilesa            (ETH) 59:22
Zane Robertson      (NZL) 59:47
Moses Kurong        (UGA) 59:50
Andamlak Belihu   (ETH) 59:51
Leonard Korir         (USA) 59:52
Aron Kifle               (ERI) 1:00:31
Getaneh Molla      (ETH) 1:00:34
Betesfa Getahun  (ETH) 1:00:54

WOMEN –
Caroline Kipkirui    (KEN) 1:05:07
Worknesh Degefa   (ETH) 1:06:14
Yeshaneh Ababel    (ETH) 1:06:22
Zeineba Yimer         (ETH) 1:08:07
Shitaye Eshete        (BRN) 1:08:25
Salome Nyirarukundo (RWA) 1:08:48
Stacy Ndiwa            (KEN) 1:09:09
Darya Maslova       (KGZ) 1:11:06
Senbere Teferi        (ETH) debut
Tsehay Gemechu  (ETH) debut

Agnes Tirop wins Tilburg 10 Miles Race

World  women 10,00m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop kept alive her winning streak when she took the top honors at the 26th edition of the Tilburg 10 miles race that was held on Sunday (2) in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Tirop who surprised many when she broke the TCS World 10K course record in 31:19 continued with her brilliance performance as she led her fellow runners passing the 5km mark in 15:29. She was followed closely by Ethiopian Tsehay Gemechu and Stella Chesang from Uganda.

Tirop held on to cut the tape in 30:50 short of 20 seconds of the course record of 30:30 that was set by Tirunesh Dibaba in 2013.

Gemechu took second place in 31:07 with Chesang closing the first three podium finishes in 31:44.

Eva Cherono and Alice Aprot both from Kenya took fourth and fifth place in 32:05 and 32:42 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS
WOMEN

  1. Agnes Tirop         (KEN) 30:50
  2. Tsehay Gemechu (ETH) 31:07
  3. Stella Chesang     (UG) 31:44
  4. Eva Cherono         (KEN) 32:05
  5. Alice Aprot            (KEN) 32:42