World 10,000m record-holder Almaz Ayana won on her half-marathon debut in 67:11, leading an Ethiopian clean sweep ahead of Ababel Yeshaneh (67:19) and Netsanet Gudeta (67:24).

Kenya’s 2015 world marathon silver medallist Helah Kiprop was fourth in 68:07, one place ahead of reigning champion Worknesh Degefa from Ethiopia (68:09).

In the men’s race, Birhanu Legese (59:46) and Andamlak Belihu (59:51) took an Ethiopian one-two, with Leonard Korir third in 59:52, missing the American record by just nine seconds.

Almaz Ayana
Almaz Ayana
Ethiopia’s Asefa Negewo (59:54) and Kenya’s Jorum Okumbo (59:58) also broke the one hour-mark in fourth and fifth, with world marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui from Kenya sixth in 60:04.

Source: AW