Course records smashed in Yangzhou

World half-marathon champion Gladys Cherono from Kenya and Nguse Tesfaldet from Eritrea took the plaudits at the Yangzhou Jianzhen International Half-Marathon

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Gladys Cherono from Kenya put in a dominant display at the Yangzhou Jianzhen International Half-Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Saturday (19).

The world half-marathon champion has now won three of her last four races at the distance as the 30-year-old crossed the finish-line in a course record of 68:16, comfortably ahead of reigning champion Worknesh Degefa from Ethiopia, the runner-up in 69:07.

In total, five women ducked below the 70-minute barrier in a good quality race.

Cherono's time in the city situated about 200km to the north-west of Shanghai was the fourth fastest of her career, and her seventh time under the 70-minute mark.

Nguse Tesfaldet won a gold medal in the team race at the World Half-Marathon Championships in Copenhagen and the Eritrean took arguably the biggest individual win of his career, winning the men's race in a course record of 60:08.

The 27-year-old is one of the in-form runners at the half-marathon, as he started the year by finishing second in the prestigious Ras Al Khaimah Half-Marathon in under the one hour-mark in 59:39.

Edwin Rotich from Kenya was second in 60:17 with team-mate Silas Kimutai third in 60:22.

 

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