Demadonna's Netsanet Gudeta, of Ethiopia, shatters World Half Marathon to take gold at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018

gudeta valenciaEthiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta made a decisive bid for glory in the 14th kilometer breaking away from the Kenyan duo, Joyciline Jepkosgei and Pauline Kamulu, to eventually improve the women-only half marathon world record to 1h06'11" at the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 on Saturday, 24.

Gudeta improved Lornah Kiplagat’s world and championship record, which was standing since 2007 by 14 seconds – as well as slicing 1'15" off her own personal best set in Delhi last November.

In second place behind the winner, was Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei in a time of 1h06'54", with compatriot Kamulu two seconds back in a time of 1h06'56".

“The race went according to plan, I was only thinking about the gold medal,” reflected Gudeta. She later confirmed that it was part of her pre-race plans to let the Kenyans take the pace through the first half of the race and that her training had been geared towards sustaining a fast pace all the way to the finish.

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