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Gemechu breaks Sifan Hassan’s race record in Copenhagen

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Ethiopian runners snatched both victories at Sunday’s Copenhagen Half Marathon with Amdework Walalegn winning the men´s race and Tsehay Gemechu bettering the women’s race record.

Tsehay Gemechu sets a new race record in 65:08
Tsehay Gemechu sets a new race record in 65:08

COPENHAGEN – With all COVID-19 restrictions lifted in Denmark, the Copenhagen Half Marathon – with close to 20.000 participants - on Sunday again produced a string of top results. In a very tight finish, Amdework Walalegn of Ethiopia managed to keep Kenya’s Kenneth Renju behind winning in 59:10 minutes with Renju dipping under one hour for the first time with a massive personal best of 59:12. Another Kenyan, Daniel Mateiko, was the big surprise keeping up with the other two runners until the last kilometer. He as well was rewarded with a huge personal best of 59:25.

In near perfect conditions in the Danish capital, sunny and 14 degrees, the Ugandan pacemaker Abel Sikowa did an excellent job leading a group of nine runners through the first 15K in 42:15 min. before dropping out. Just one kilometer on, the group suddenly had diminished to a trio that would go on and take the top-3 spots.

Sifan Hassan’s race record broken
Back in Copenhagen in 2018, Sifan Hassan triumphed with a European Record of 65:15 minutes. That race record now is in the hands of Tsehay Gemechu who cut off seven seconds of the time crossing the line in 65:08. The 22-year-old Ethiopian – 4th at the 2019 World Championships at 5000 meters – thereby improved her personal best with almost a minute.


“I was hoping to break my personal best and run close to 65 minutes, and beating Sifan Hassan’s race record of course is something special. I am very happy. It was a bit windy, so I had to work hard. But I look forward to come back to Copenhagen next year,” Gemechu said.

Hawi Feysa secured an Ethiopian double victory taking second spot In a PB of 65:41 with Vivian Kiplagat of Kenya in third.

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Amdework Walalegn of Ethiopia ran impressive 59:10
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Copenhagen Half Marathon har verdens hurtigste halvmaratonrute. Det blev endnu en gang understreget i 2018, hvor der blev sat ny europarekord hos kvinderne, mens hele otte mænd løb under 60 minutter. Ud over den absolutte verdenselite så deltager der også et kæmpe motionsfelt med mere end 20.000 løbere. Arrangørerne af Copenhagen Half Marathon er Sparta Atletik & Motion og Dansk Atletik Forbund.

Den første udgave af Copenhagen Half Marathon fandt sted i 2015 og var et udspring af det succesrige VM i halvmaaton, som blev afholdt i København i 2014. Målsætningen har fra starten været at lave verdens bedste og hurtigst halvmaraton, og den er målsætningen er i manges øjne opfyldt.

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