Returning from a layoff of nearly a year due to an ankle injury, Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay demolished a highly competitive men’s elite athlete field and also set a new Course Record to win the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon December 15, 2013.

 

Tsegay stopped the clock at 59.12 minutes to lower by 3 seconds the course record of 59.15, set by countryman Deriba Merga in 2008. He was followed home by Kenyans Geoffrey Kipsang in 59.30 and Wilson Kiprop 59.49. Kipsang, the fastest athlete of 2013 (58.54) was coping with the loss of his 17-year-old brother Elais, who passed away very recently, and did wonderfully to overcome his grief and run a brave race, but was thwarted in his bid to win the race as a tribute to his brother by a strong running Tsegay.

The women’s race, also chasing a course record, failed in its bid due to a slow start, but picked up in the later stages and was won by Kenyan Florence Kiplagat in 68 minutes. Florence, the 2103 Berlin Marathon winner, led a Kenyan clean sweep, with Gladys Cherono finishing second in 68.03 and Lucy Kabuu taking third place in 68.10.

 

The men’s and women’s winners were richer by USD 25,000.

 

More than 31,000 runners participated in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2103, which offered total prize money of USD 210,000.

 

Overall Elite Men Athlete's TOP 10:


Atsedu Tsegay (ETH) 00:59:12 (NCR)

Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN) 00:59:30

Wilson Kiprop (KEN) 00:59:49

Kenneth Kipkemoi (KEN) 00:59:55

Nicholas Kipkemboi (KEN) 01:00:24

Philemon Rono (KEN) 01:01:07

Gladwin Mzazi (RSA) 01.:01:12

Edwin Kipyego (KEN) 01:01:21

Leonard Korir (KEN) 01:01:25

Richard Mengich (KEN) 01:01:27

 

15 December 2013
Delhi, India


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Overall Elite Women Athlete's TOP 10:

 

Florence Kiplagat (KEN) 01:08:00

Gladys Cherono (KEN) 01:08:03

Lucy Kabuu (KEN) 01:08:10

Meseret Hailu (ETH) 01:09:05

Wude Ayalew (ETH) 01:09:21

Emily Chebet (KEN) 01:09:22

Alice Kimutai (KEN) 01:10:09

Yebrgual Melese (ETH) 01:11:59

Lineth Chepkurui (KEN) 01:12:01

Paskalia  Kipkoech (KEN) 01:12:02

 

 

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