Gemechu breaks race record at cph half '21

Pre-favourite Tsehay Gemechu lowers the course record in this year’s CPH Half, seeing also four men dip under the 1 hour limit.

With all COVID-19 restrictions lifted in Denmark, the Copenhagen Half Marathon – with close to 20.000 participants – on Sunday again produced a string of top results.

In a very tight finish, Amdework Walalegn of Ethiopia managed to keep Kenya’s Kenneth Renju behind, winning in 59:10 minutes with Renju dipping under one hour for the first time with a massive personal best of 59:12.

Another Kenyan, Daniel Mateiko, was the big surprise keeping up with the other two runners until the last kilometer. He as well was rewarded with a huge personal best of 59:25.

In near perfect conditions in the Danish capital, sunny and 14 degrees, the Ugandan pacemaker Abel Sikowa did an excellent job leading a group of nine runners through the first 15K in 42:15 min. before dropping out. Just one kilometer on, the group suddenly had diminished to a trio that would go on and take the top-3 spots.

Event photography from the 2021 Copenhagen Half Marathon

Sifan Hassan’s race record broken

Back in Copenhagen in 2018, Sifan Hassan triumphed with a European Record of 65:15 minutes. That race record now is in the hands of Tsehay Gemechu who cut off seven seconds of the time crossing the finish line in 65:08.

The 22-year-old Ethiopian – 4th at the 2019 World Championships at 5000 meters – thereby improved her personal best with almost a minute.

“I was hoping to break my personal best and run close to 65 minutes, and beating Sifan Hassan’s race record of course is something special. I am very happy. It was a bit windy, so I had to work hard. But I look forward to coming back to Copenhagen next year,” Gemechu said.

Hawi Feysa secured an Ethiopian double victory taking second spot In a PB of 65:41 with Vivian Kiplagat of Kenya in third.

Top 5 women

  1. Tsehay Gemechu (ETH) – 1:05:08 (race record)
  2. Hawi Feysa (ETH) – 1:05:41
  3. Vivian Kiplagat (KEN) – 1:06:07
  4. Beyenu Degefa (ETH) – 1:08:15
  5. Yitayish Mekonene (ETH) – 1:08:53

Top 5 men

  1. Amdework Walalegn (ETH) – 59:10
  2. Keneth Renju (KEN) – 59:12
  3. Daniel Mateiko (KEN) – 59:25
  4. Abe Tilahun (ETH) – 59:46
  5. Zerei Kbrom  (NOR) – 1:00:07

See all results from the Copenhagen Half Marathon ’21 here



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