ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh smashed the half marathon world record by 20 seconds to the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon on Friday.
Ababel crossed the finish line in 1:4:31 at the World Athletics Gold Label road race, at the event held in the United Arab Emirates.
Her time eclipsed the previous record of 1:04:51 set by Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei in Valencia in 2017, reported Reuters.
Marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei finished second, and her time was also two seconds inside Jepkosgei’s mark.
Both Ababel and Kosgei were wearing a version of Nike’s Vaporfly shoes, which have featured in several other track and road records in the last three years.
Some earlier models of the shoe were banned by World Athletics last month, but the latest one launched by Nike complies with the rules to limit carbon plate usage and sole thickness for elite races.
“I didn’t imagine this result,” said Yeshaneh, whose previous best of 1:05:46 had stood as the Ethiopian record for five months between 2018 and 2019. “I am a world record holder!”
Image: Ethiopia’s Ababel finishing first in the women’s half marathon