Ababel Yeshaneh has improved the world record for the half marathon on Friday. The athlete from Ethiopia clocked a time of 1 hour, 4 minutes and 31 seconds in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.

The 28-year-old Yeshaneh took twenty seconds off the old top time of Joyciline Jepkosgei. The Kenyan ran on October 22, 2017 in Valencia a time of 1: 04.51.

Brigid Kosgei from Kenya, who is the world record holder in the entire marathon with 2: 14.04, also plunged 1: 04.49 under the former world top time of Jepkosgei, but had to settle for second place behind Yeshaneh.

Rosemary Wanjiru finished third in the half marathon. The Kenyan scored 1: 05.34.

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ababel birhane set the new half marathon world record 64.31 !! Kosgei in 2nd place 64.48 under the previous world record impSimply amazing race !! # RAKHALF2020

Avatar Authorrakhalfmarathon Time of places 04: 25 - 21 February 2020