Airtel Delhi Half Marathon | Ethiopians Walelegn, Yehualaw win elite races with record times

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For India, Tokyo Olympics-bound Avinash Sable smashed the national record with a time of 1:00:30
Ethiopians Amedework Walelegn and Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashed course records to win the men's and women's titles respectively in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon held in a bio-secure environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic here on Sunday.

The results in this World Athletics Gold Label road race were unprecedented with both the men's and women's elite race winners re-writing course records. For India, Tokyo Olympics-bound Avinash Sable smashed the national record with a time of 1:00:30.

The 26-year-old Sable, from Maharashtra, was 10th overall.

According to the Athletics Federation of India's official records, the earlier national half marathon record stands at 1:03:46 in the name of Kalidas Hirave of Maharashtra.

This year's race course was radically different from the last two years due to health protocols and the elite athletes ran under unprecedented circumstances due to the pandemic with the organisers providing them with a bio-secure zone.

In the men's elite race, last year's silver medallist Walelegn beat compatriot and defending champion Andamlak Belihu in a nail-biting finish for the gold in a course record…
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