Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw world record time of 1:03.43 will not be ratified byWorld Athletics as the World Record due to the course being short by 54 metres.
Through her management the NN Running Team, said during the pre-race elite conference for Valencia Half Marathon that will be held tomorrow.
Yehaulaw took 18 seconds off the previous world record of 1:04.02 set by Ruth Chepngetich from Kenya early this year at the Istanbul Half Marathon.
Yalemzerf Yehualaw’s World Record of Antrim Coast Half Marathon won’t be ratified by World Athletics due to technicalities surrounding the course (54m short). pic.twitter.com/wWNEaxpdT6
— NN Running Team (@NNRunningTeam) October 22, 2021
The 22 year-old got this time when she smashed the race course record at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon in August. She dominated the race, beating the second-place finisher, Jane Nyaboke of Kenya, by six minutes. This race was her third attempt at the half marathon world record, and she will have a fourth this weekend at the Valencia Half Marathon.
She found out her record wasn’t ratified moments before today’s Valencia press conference. “I always focus on what I can influence and accept what comes my way,” said Yehualaw when asked about the World Athletics decision, according to NN Running Team.