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Yalemzerf, Hailemaryam win Ethiopia’s trial race for Gdynia
Ethiopian distance Runner Yehualaw Yalemzerf

Yalemzerf, Hailemaryam win Ethiopia’s trial race for Gdynia

Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Hailemaryam Kiros were victorious over 15km on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, in a race that started in Beke and ended in Sandafa.

The event will be used by Ethiopian Athletics Federation as a form guide, when selecting its team for the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020, Poland.

African Games Half Marathon champion Yalemzerf, like many athletes in this race, had not competed for several months because of the pandemic. Before today, her most recent race was back in February and March when she clocked a 5km Personal Best of 15:27 and ran 1:06:35 to finish fifth at the Ras al Khaimah Half Marathon.

The 21-year-old clearly has not lost any form since then, however, she held off world half marathon champion, Netsanet Gudeta to win in 50:15. Netsanet was a close second in 50:18.

Zeineba Yimer, who had not raced since clocking 2:19:46 on her marathon debut in Valencia in December last year, finished third in 50:30, nine seconds ahead of Ababel Yeshaneh, who earlier this year, set a world half marathon record of 1:04:31.

Hailemaryam Kiros, the African U18 steeplechase silver medalist back in 2013, was a surprise winner of the men’s race. He crossed the line in 42:59 to finish four seconds ahead of runner-up, Andamlak Belihu, the two-time Delhi Half Marathon winner and World Championships 10,000m fifth-place finisher.

Amedework Walelegn, the 2017 world U20 cross-country silver medalist, finished just a stride behind Andamlak and was given the same time for third place. Tokyo Marathon champion, Birhanu Legese and 2017 Berlin Marathon runner-up, Guye Adola were next to finish, clocking 43:20 and 43:36, respectively.

Leading results


  1. Hailemaryam Kiros – 42:59
  2. Andamlak Belihu – 43:03
  3. Amedework Walelegn – 43:03
  4. Birhanu Legese – 43:20
  5.  Guye Adola – 43:36
  6. Leul Gebresilase – 44:12


  1. Yalemzerf Yehualaw – 50:15

2. Netsanet Gudeta – 50:18

3. Zeineba Yimer – 50:30

4. Ababel Yeshaneh – 50:39

5. Sisay Meseret Gola – 51:00

6. Medhin Beyene – 51:15

(World Athletics)