Awesome achievement: Melat Kejeta takes silver and breaks the 25-year-old German...

Awesome achievement: Melat Kejeta takes silver and breaks the 25-year-old German...
Awesome achievement: Melat Kejeta takes silver and breaks the 25-year-old German...


| Half marathon world championships

Nicolas walter

Incredible performance at the Half Marathon World Championships in Gdynia (Poland): Melat Kejeta (Kassel running team) won silver in her premiere in the jersey of the German Athletics Association and broke Uta Pippig’s 25-year-old German record. The other German runners also show strong performances – Germany even took third place in the team ranking. Peres Jepchirchir (Kenya) secured the victory with a new world record in an all-women race.

Sensation at the half marathon world championships in Gdynia, Poland: Melat Kejeta from the Kassel running team stormed to the runner-up title in 1:05:18 and improved Uta Pippig’s German record from 1995 (1:07:58 min) by more than two and a half minutes. The runner from Ethiopia, who has had German citizenship since March 2019, crossed the finish line just two seconds behind the new world champion Peres Jepchirchir. In ideal conditions on the Baltic coast, the Kenyan set a world record of 1:05:16 hours for all-women races.

Melat Kejeta and third-placed Yalemzerf Yehualaw (Ethiopia / 1: 05.19 hours) also stayed below the previous mark of 1:05:34 hours. Melat Kejeta also broke the German 10-kilometer record with an intermediate time of 30:47 minutes and is the first European since 2008 to make it onto the podium at the World Half Marathon Championships.

German team with a strong team performance

“1:05:18 hour, that’s a house number and absolute world class. It couldn’t have gone any better. I was particularly impressed by the courage to keep up with this high pace from the start. Hats off, she did everything right! “Said DLV national marathon trainer Katrin Dörre-Heinig regarding Melat Kejeta’s performance after the race.

The German team came third in the team ranking. In addition to Melat Kejeta, the other German runners also showed strong performances: Laura Hottenrott (TV Wattenscheid 01) ran a new personal best in 1:10:49 and was the second-best German in 26th place. “Laura achieved a great result. Her good form had already been indicated at the 10-kilometer run in Berlin, but you still have to show that when it matters. The 26th place is an excellent result “, said Katrin Dörre-Heinig.

Rabea Schöneborn (LG North Berlin; 1:12:35 hours) and Deborah Schöneborn (LG North Berlin; 1:12:39 hours) were also convincing. The German marathon champion from 2018 Fabienne Königstein (MTG Mannheim) crossed the finish line after 1:17:03 hours.

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