The 22-year-old is the first woman to undercut the 64-minute mark over the 21.097 km.
The Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw has improved the half marathon world record by 19 seconds. At the road race on Sunday in Larne (Northern Ireland), the 22-year-old third of the Half Marathon World Championships crossed the finish line after 1:03:43 hours. Yehualaw became the first woman to break the 64-minute mark over the 21.097 km. “I've already tried to break the world record twice, but it didn't work out. I'm so happy that it has now been achieved,” said Yehualaw.
6:01 minutes ahead
She replaced the Kenyan marathon world champion Ruth Chepngetich as the world record holder, who set the old record in 1:04:02 in Istanbul on April 4. Yehualaw finished second in Istanbul with 1:04:40. In the Northern Irish port city, she won 6:01 minutes ahead of Kenyan Vane Nyaboke (1:09:44). Third place went to British rider Rose Harvey (1:10:28).