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.