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Sisay Lemma and Zewditu Gelaw triumph in Ankara

Ethiopian duo are too just right for the remainder as they declare titles in Turkish capital’s first ever global half-marathon, writes Wendy Sly

Sisay Lemma and Zewditu Gelaw received the inaugural Runkara Part-Marathon, a landmark race for organisers in Turkey.

Till Sunday (Oct 8), Ankara were the one capital town on the earth and not using a street race tournament – regardless of a inhabitants of over six million.

As it should be beginning inside a stone’s throw of the Ataturk Mausoleum – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk based fashionable Turkey 100 years in the past this month – the route looped across the western aspect of town centre in wonderful prerequisites.

The primary ever global half-marathon within the Turkish capital had 4000 entries, together with an attention-grabbing elite line-up.

Lemma, the 2021 London Marathon champion, was once one of the vital standout names within the males’s race whilst house favorite Sultan Haydar seemed to problem Zewditu Gelaw and Roselidah Jepketer within the girls’s box.

The boys’s tournament noticed Victor Mutai and Julius Kipchumba set the early tempo because the leaders went during the undulating first 10km in 29:27. Through the 12km mark a small staff of six had damaged away. They went thru in 38:05 and at a forged tempo, allowing for the hills and 860m altitude.

Zewditu Gelaw (Mine Kasapoglu)

Bethwell Yegon, who completed 2nd in the back of Guye Adola on the 2021 Berlin Marathon, battled Lemma for a big share of the race. Lemma endured to push arduous and, across the 50-minute mark, with more or less 3km to head, broke away. The Ethiopian received by way of 18 seconds in a time of 61:09 forward of compatriot Chimdessa Debele (61:27), whilst Kenya’s Vincent Nyageo 61:44 was once 3rd.

Within the girls’s race, Haydar – a former Ethiopian now operating for Turkey – went thru 10km in 32:01 (67:30 tempo) together with Gelaw and Jepketer. Gelaw was once the pre-race favorite and made her mark at the race when it mattered essentially the most.

Working a robust ultimate 6km, the Ethiopian completed in 68:28 to take first position, with Haydar (69:09) in 2nd and Kenyan Vivian Kosgei (70:10), making her half-marathon debut, taking 3rd.

The Runkara tournament is bound to head from power to power when discovering its position at the global street racing calendar. Race Director Victoria Blyth was once instrumental in hanging it in combination, along enhance from RunCzech.

Complete effects: 


  1. Sisay Lemma (61:09)
  2. Chimdessa Debele (61:27)
  3. Vincent Nyageo (61:44)


  1. Zewditu Gelaw (68:28)
  2. Sultan Haydar (69:09)
  3. Vivian Kosgei (70:10)

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