Julien Wanders Sets New European Record at RAK Half Marathon
It was a fast day at the 2019 edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon. In the men’s race, it was 19-year-old Kenyan Stephen Kiprop who came out on top. Kiprop equalled the course record with his finishing time of 58:42. Ethiopians Abadi Hadis and Fikadu Haftu took the two remaining podium spots.
Swiss runner Julien Wanders set a new European record with his 59:13 finish, which saw him finish fourth. Wanders, who resides in Kenya and is coached by Renato Canova, broke Mo Farah’s old European record by 21 seconds. Watch Wanders’ reaction to his record-breaking race in an interview conducted by Letsrun below.
The women’s race was a very tight affair, with only two seconds separating the first and third place finishers. It was all Ethiopia on the podium, with Senbere Tefi taking the win ahead of compatriots Netsanet Gudeta and Zeineba Yimer.
Action-Packed Indoor Meet at 2019 Millrose Games
In indoor news, there was a host of impressive performances at the 2019 Millrose Games in New York. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the Wanamaker Mile. German Konstanze Klosterhalfen won the women’s race in 4:19.98. Bowerman Track Club runners Colleen Quigley and Kate Grace came second and third respectively.
In the men’s mile race, Yomif Kejelcha had the spectators standing in excited during his assault on the indoor mile world record. Kejelcha came agonisingly close but eventually crossed the finish line in 3:48.46, one-hundredth of a second behind Hicham El Guerrouj’s world record. Ed Cheserek and Clayton Murphy came second and third, almost five seconds behind Kejelcha. Watch Kejelcha’s final lap of the race below.
In the 3000 meters, NCAA rivals Morgan McDonald and Grant Fisher were at it again. This time it was Fished, running 7:42.62, that edged out Australian McDonald, who finished in 7:42.76. Alicia Monson took the win in the women’s race with her 8:45.97 finish.
You can find the full results from the meet here.