Athletics: Yehualaw from Ethiopia runs the second quickest girls's half marathon of all time

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© Reuters. Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi, India

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(Reuters) – Ethiopia's Yalemzerf Yehualaw ran the second-fastest women's half-marathon in history on Sunday, completing the 21.09-kilometer course in New Delhi in one hour, four minutes and 46 seconds.

The 21-year-old, whose personal best so far at the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia was 1:05:19 last month, shaved one minute and 14 seconds less than the event record at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.

She won $ 27,000 in prize money and an additional $ 10,000 as an event record bonus.

The women's half marathon record of 1:04:31 was set in February by Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia in Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.

Yehualaw's compatriot Amdework Walelegn won the men's race in the Indian capital on Sunday with a time of 58 minutes and 53 seconds, the third fastest time of the year and an event record of 13 seconds.

More than 60 professional runners took part in the race, while several hundred enthusiasts in other cities ran on tracks of their choice and used a mobile app to post race times, organizers said.

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