Reigning Olympic marathon champion Eluid Kipchoge of Kenya expectedly won the men’s race of Delhi Half Marathon in a fast time, but below the course record while Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa clinched the women’s title here on Sunday. 

Kipchoge clocked 59. 44 minutes, while Yigrem Demelash of Ethiopia finished second with a timing of 59.48 minutes. Kenya’s Augustine Choge was third after finishing the race in 1.00.01 hour.

In the women’s elite race, Degefa clocked one hour, seven minutes and 42 seconds to clinch the title ahead of fellow Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh (1:07:52) and Helah Kiprop (1:08:11) of Kenya. Reigning half marathon world champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya was fifth with a timing of 1:08:28. The women’s course record was 1:06:54, set by Mary Keitany of Kenya in 2009. 


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