A world record for Ethiopian runner Gedi |

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Berlin- Ethiopia’s Letsenbet Gedi broke the world record for the half marathon on her first run over the distance at Spain’s Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 23-year-old beat the world record by more than a minute, with a time of one hour, two minutes and 52 seconds.

The previous world record was held by the Kenyan world champion Ruth Chipengetic, who achieved it earlier this year, but Gedi surpassed this record by one minute and ten seconds. “I am so happy to break the world record in the first half marathon of my career,” Gedi said.

This is the second time that Gedi has succeeded in breaking the world record in Spain, after she achieved the same feat in the 5,000 meters race last year, with a time of 14 minutes 6.62 seconds. Gedi also holds the world record for the ten thousand meters since last June, with a time of 29 minutes and 1.03 seconds.

Gedi won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics and won the silver in the same race at the 2019 World Championships.

Another Ethiopian, Yalimserve Yehulawu, came in second with a time of 1 hour 3.51 minutes. Kenya’s Ebel Kipshumba won the men’s race title in 58 minutes and seven seconds, ahead of compatriots Ronix Kipruto and Daniel Matiko.





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