Mestawut Fikir of Ethiopia clinched the women’s 2023 Cardiff Half Marathon title on Sunday.
The victory is her second victory in two months as she added the Cardiff Half to the Antrim Coast Half Marathon title.
She, however, had to fight fellow Ethiopian Aminet Ahmed and last year’s runner-up Viola Chepngeno until the final meters.
Beatrice Cheserek, who beat Chepngeno to the title last time out, led from the front in defense of her title but faded to allow the trio through to battle it out down the home straight.
A single second split the top three as Mestawut came out on top after a sprint finish to clinch the gold medal in 1:08:13.
In the Men’s event, Kenyan Vincent Mutai out-sprinted course record holder and compatriot Shadrack Kimining to win the men’s race in 1:00:35.
The race is a member of the SuperHalfs, a global series of the world’s most prestigious half-marathons including races in Lisbon, Prague, Copenhagen, and Valencia.