Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw clocked an unimaginable 29:14 on the Castellón 10K in Spain this Sunday, beating Joyciline Jepkosgei’s already-ratified file of 29:43, in addition to Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne’s yet-to-be ratified file of 29:38, set final yr.
Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw was denied a half marathon world file twice in 2021: first by a brief course in Antrim, then by Letesenbet Gidey in Valencia.
At this time in Castellon, Spain, she lastly will get her WR, smashing the ladies’s 10k highway WR of 29:38 by 24 seconds. https://t.co/IP0KCB3ohl
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) February 27, 2022
This was a redemptive race for the rising star, who has missed out on a few world information lately for logistical causes. In August 2021, she ran 1:03:44 for a half marathon in Eire, however her file was unable to be ratified as a result of the course was later discovered to be 54 metres quick. In October 2021, solely a few months later, she ran 1:03:51 on the Valencia half-marathon, which might have been a file, had it not been for Letesenbet Gidey, who gained the race and set the brand new world file of 1:02:52.
In early January, Yehualaw was slotted to run the Valencia 10K the place she was planning a file try, however a constructive COVID-19 take a look at stored her off the beginning line. It wasn’t till this Sunday that the items lastly fell collectively for her, and as soon as her result’s ratified, she’ll formally have a world file to her identify.
It was an attractive day in Spain, with temperatures hovering round 12C and no wind, and Yehualaw took benefit of the near-perfect circumstances. She set a blistering tempo, clocking 14:28 for 5K. Her tempo slowed a bit within the second half (from working 2:52/km to her slowest kilometre, which was 3:00), however her closing kilometre made up some floor for her to interrupt the tape in 29:14.
Behind her was Kenya’s Vicoty Chepngeno, who completed second in 30:14, and Mercy Cherono in third in 30:48.
“It was arduous for me not to have the ability to compete in Valencia in January however I resumed my coaching and confronted at present’s race very optimistically,” Yehualaw instructed World Athletics. “I knew I had the world file in my legs and needed to provide a difficult efficiency for any athletes who might try the file within the close to future.”