Antrim Coast Half Marathon: Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashes ladies's world file

Antrim Coast Half Marathon: Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashes ladies's world file

Yalemzerf Yehualaw missed out on securing a place in the Ethiopian team for the Olympic marathonYalemzerf Yehualaw took 19 seconds off the earlier file held by Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich

Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashed the ladies’s half marathon world file on the Antrim Coast occasion in Northern Eire.

Yehualaw, 22, clocked 63 minutes and 43 seconds which reduce 19 seconds off the earlier mark set by Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich earlier this 12 months.

The Ethiopian was beneath world file tempo all the way in which.

Her compatriot Jemal Yimer gained the boys’s occasion in 60:29 as he edged out one other Ethiopian Tesfahun Akalnew.

Yimer had one second to spare from Akalnew with Kenyan Shadrack Kimining an extra second again as he accomplished an all-African high three.

The lads’s profitable time was two seconds outdoors the 60:27 course file set by Sir Mo Farah when he gained final 12 months’s inaugural occasion.

Nonetheless, all of the headlines from the Northern Eire occasion will go to the brand new ladies’s world file holder Yehualaw, who benefited from wonderful work from her male pacemakers.

Jemal Yimer is eighth on the all-time men's list for the half marathon with a time of 58 minutes and 33 secondsJemal Yimer took his anticipated victory within the males’s race in Northern Eire

Her time reduce 57 second off her private finest set in Istanbul earlier this 12 months when Chepngetich set the then world file.

Yehualaw’s opening 5km of 15:05 had her eight seconds inside world file tempo and he or she remained six seconds forward of schedule as she reached the 15km mark in 45:24.

The Ethiopian went on to provide an amazingly quick closing six kilometres – helped by a downhill part within the last two kilometres – as she obliterated Chepngetich’s earlier mark.

Yehualaw completed greater than six minutes forward of Kenya’s Vane Nyamboke [69:44] with English lady Rose Harvey an extra 32 seconds again in third.

Harvey’s compatriot Georgie Schwiening was fourth in 71:12 as Northern Irish pair Fionnuala Ross [73:09] and Ann-Marie McGlynn [73:12] had been fifth and sixth.

Within the males’s occasion, Tokyo Olympian Marc Scott was the main British and Irish finisher in fourth place – 5 seconds behind Yimer – after being with the main trio up till the closing dash.

Ryan Creech was high Irishman as he clocked a private better of 63:25 to complete sixth with Paul O’Donnell seventh in 63:36 and Tokyo Olympian Stephen Scullion having to accept ninth in 63:53 after dropping contact with the leaders early on.

Scullion, who dropped out of the Olympic marathon within the searing hero of Sapporo three weeks in the past, set the Northern Eire half marathon file when clocking 61:08 to complete fourth in final 12 months’s Antrim Coast race.

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