ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian duo Milkesa Mengesha and Tadu Teshome smashes their personal bests to take top honours at the Copenhagen Half Marathon on Sunday.
In the men’s race, 15 men finished inside an hour at the World Elite Label road race, as per the governing body of the sport World Athletics (WA).
Athletics Milkesa beat a quality field to notch up his second half marathon victory of the year.
The 2019 world U20 cross-country champion finished the race in a PB of 58:58.
Compatriot Amedework Walelegn followed him home in 59:05, two seconds ahead of kenya’s Vincent Kipkoech.
– Tadu Smashes PB –
In the women’s race, Ethiopian athlete Tadu smashed her Personal Best to lead an Ethiopian 1-2-3, winning in 1:06:13.
The women’s race started off remarkably quick but soon became a war of attrition as athletes tried to hold on as best they could.
When the first 5km was covered in a swift 15:19, most of the lead pack decided to ease off the pace.
However, Tadu and her compatriot Tsige Gebreselama maintained that tempo for another 5km, reaching 10km in 30:40 – inside both of their PBs for 10km.
Tsige then broke away from Tadu and opened up a gap of 30 seconds by 15km, and reached in 46:39. But it didn’t last.
Tadu caught her compatriot with about two kilometres to go. She went on to win in 1:06:13, 22 seconds ahead of Tsige, who was making her half marathon debut.
Another Ethiopian, Tiruye Mesfin finished third in 1:06:42.
Featured Image Caption: Milkesa Mengesha wins the Copenhagen Half Marathon (Photo WA via Organisers)