Yalemzerf Yehualaw sets new women's half marathon world record - Women's Running

Yalemzerf Yehualaw sets new women’s half marathon world record

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  September 1, 2021

Ethiopian runner Yalemzerf Yehualaw broke the women's world record at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon on Sunday

22-year-old Yalemzerf Yehualaw has broken the women’s half marathon world record with a time of 63 minutes and 43 seconds, 19 seconds faster than the previous record set by Ruth Chepngetich.

The Ethiopian, supported by her team of pacers, achieved a new world record at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Northern Ireland on Sunday, crossing the finish line a full six minutes before Kenya’s Vane Nyamboke, who came in second place. British athlete Rose Harvey finished in third, with a very respectable time of 70:16.

Yehualaw’s new time shaved 57 seconds off her previous PB, coming in six seconds ahead of her pacing schedule at the 15km mark before dominating the final stretch.

We’re excited to see what’s in store for Yehualaw moving forward

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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