Atsedu creates race record to win Delhi Half Marathon

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Addis Ababa, 16 December 2013 (WIC) - Ethiopia's Atsedu Tsegay announced his return on the international stage in style, topping his triumph at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon with a new course record on a chilly Sunday morning.
Tsegay, who was out of action for nearly a year due to an ankle injury, crossed the finish line in 59.12 seconds, lowering Deriba Merga's course record of 59.15 sec, set in 2009. Kenya's Florence Kiplagat emerged victorious in the women's category with a time of 1:08.00 seconds to take home $25,000.   

"It was a good competition. I am happy that the half marathon was shifted to December. The weather helped. I have clocked 59 before but I was out of action for most part of last year," Atsedu, who failed to finish in the Top-20 last year, said. "It feels good to be back. It was a strong line-up. It was after the 15km mark that I started to open up," he added. What makes his feat even more remarkable is that the half marathon was Atsedu's first since recovering from the injury. Running high on emotions after being conveyed the new of his younger brother's demise, Kenya's Geoffery Kipsang (59.30 secs) finished second followed by country mate Wilson Kiprop (59.49 secs).

"It's very unfortunate. I took him to the hospital on Tuesday before leaving for New Delhi. After arriving here on Thursday, I called home only to find out that Elias had passed away," Kipsang said.   

Talking about the race, Kipsang said he had the option of backing out but instead chose to run for his dead sibling who was only 17. "I was fighting to win in memory of my brother. I had doubts in my mind and kept on thinking about him throughout the race. After 15km, I started to feel comfortable and started moving," an emotional Kipsang said. (indiatimes.com)

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