World 10k record holder, Yalemzerf Yehualaw will make her marathon debut at the 36th edition of the Haspa Marathon that will be held on Sunday (24) in Hamburg, Germany.
The 22 year-old who smashed the 10k world record early this year with a time of 29:14 in Castellon, brings all the requirements and characteristics for success in the marathon. She also holds the second fastest half marathon and life time best of 1:03.51.
Yehualaw who the race organisers expect to put a good show and great performance with their target being to attack the race course record of 2:21.54 that was set by her fellow compatriot, the 2009 World 10,000m silver medallist , Meselech Melkamu who will also be making her return to the Hamburg city.
“Yalemzerf has trained well and we are looking forward to a promising and interesting marathon debut, “said Jurrie van der Velden, who is the elite coordinator of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. Unfortunately Yalemzerf Yehualaw’s flight to Hamburg was delayed so that she missed the press conference on Thursday. The Ethiopian could produce one of the fastest debuts ever and break the course record.
The race defending champion Gadise Mulu and the 2019 winner Dibabe Kuma both from Ethiopia will are also on the start list ready to fight for honors.