Ethiopian Athlete set new half marathon world record
Athlete Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia on Friday breaks the world record for half marathon wining the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the United Arab Emirates.
The race took her 1:04:31 to finish at the World Athletics Gold Label road race. The marathon world record-holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya finished the race following Ababel at 1:04:49, “I didn’t imagine this result,” Ababel told reporters after the race. Ababel previous had best of 1:05:46 and had stood as the Ethiopian record for a five-month period between 2018 and 2019.
Ababel crossed the line in 1:04:31 to take 20 seconds off the world record while Kosgei followed in a Kenyan record of 1:04:49. It was revenge of sorts for the Ethiopian, who had finished second at last year’s Chicago Marathon when Kosgei won in a world record of 2:14:04. Rosemary Wanjiru finished third place in 1:05:34, the fastest ever debut half marathon.