Course record in her sights: Yehualaw to make marathon debut in Hamburg

Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who set the world record for the 10km in Castellón on Sunday, is set to make her marathon debut at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on April 24.

The long-distance competitor set a new world mark of 29:14 in Spain, shaving 24 seconds off the previous best – albeit unverified time – of Joyciline Jepkosgei, and became the first women to break the 29:30 and 29:20 barriers on the road.

In addition to her prowess over 10km, rising star Yehualaw is also the second fastest women in history over the half marathon distance.

In fact, she broke the distance world record last August in a time of 1:03:44 in Larne, Northern Ireland, but the course was deemed to be 54 metres short of the correct distance.

Eyes on course record

“I am really happy to be able to run my marathon debut in Hamburg. My coach Tessema suggested to me to go to Hamburg for my debut since he ran here himself,“ said Yalemzerf Yehualaw.

Yalemzerf Yehual [Photo: Haspa Marathon Hamburg / Hoch Zwei]
Yalemzerf Yehualaw announcing her involvement in the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. [Photo: Haspa Marathon Hamburg / Hoch Zwei]

Organisers showed Yehualaw the Hamburg course and she then said during the press conference: “I am looking forward to this race and want to break the course record.“ Fellow-Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu holds the current Hamburg course best with a time of 2:21:54 from 2016.

“We are thrilled to have Yalemzerf Yehualaw, one of the most exciting marathon talents of the world, on the start line of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg,“ said chief organiser Frank Thaleiser.

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