Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw produced a stunning run over in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2020, a World Athletics Gold Label Road Race, to clock the second fastest women’s time ever over the distance when she crossed the line in the Indian capital in 64:46. In the men’s race, the event record – with the course having been changed from previous years– also fell when Amdework Walelegn outsprinted his Ethiopian compatriot and two-time defending champion Andamlak Belihu to win in 58:53, the latter coming home in 58:54.
The 21-year old, who had to settle for third at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships last month when she slipped around 80 metres from the line, bounced back with aplomb to take the $27,000 first prize and an additional $10,000 as an event record bonus.
Indian Elite Race:
India's 3000 metres steeplechase national record holder smashed the event record as well. The Olympic-bound athlete raced to the first position in the Indian elite men's category in 1:00:30, beating the previous national record of 1:03.46 held by Kalidas Nirave. In addition to the prize money of Rs 3.5 lakh, Avinash will also receive an event record bonus of Rs 1 lakh.
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"It's great to break the national record. I have not competed in any tournament for a year and I have been only practicing, so I wanted to compete in an event. ADHM has certainly helped me to prepare for the Olympics next year. Coming into the race, I wanted to break the national record and stay as close as possible to the international runners during the race. I am happy I was able to do that," said Sable.
The defending champion Srinu Bugatha finished second with a timing of 1:04:16, while Durga Bahadur took third place with a timing of 1:04:19 in the Indian elite men's category.
"I incurred an injury while training in the last few months, so I didn't have much time to prepare for ADHM. I was looking to record a timing of 1:03:00, but that didn't happen, however, I am happy for Avinash. All in all, the course was great today and the weather was also nice, which aided us to perform well," said Bugatha.
Parul Chaudhary clinched the first position with a timing of 01:12:18 in the Indian elite women's category, while Sanjivani Jadhav (01:13:00) and Komal Jagadale (01:14:04) finished second and third respectively.
"I wanted to beat my own best timing and I am happy I have done that here. I didn't have any specific strategy in mind, I just wanted to beat my personal best. Practicing in the same group as Avinash Sable has been a huge motivating factor for me to work harder during training," said Parul Chaudhary.
India Runs With ADHM:
Around 13,500 people from around the world took part in ADHM 2020, across three categories - Half Marathon (21.097 km), Open 10K (10 km) and Great Delhi Run (5 km) - from their own respective locations.
While the Elite runners ran from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, thousands from across the globe joined them via the exclusive Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Mobile App.
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2020 leading results
Overall top Men:
Overall top Women:
Indian top Men:
DURGA BAHADUR BUDHA
BELIAPPA A B
KISAN NARSHI TADVI
Indian top Women: