Worknesh Degefa, Ethiopia, ran an impressing race and set a new track record for GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon, 51 seconds faster than the old record.
– Send me an invitation and I’ll come back next year and try for 66 minutes, Degefa said after crossing the finish line.
The new record was set despite running alone most of the race. She finished only 13 seconds from reaching the “dream time”: 68 minutes.
– I was very tired at the end but the audience helped me, she says.
Richard Mengich, Kenya, won the men’s race. After both a fourth and second place, today’s run resulted in victory.
– I felt strong, had a great feeling, but it was a tough race, the winner says.
If it wasn’t for the strong head wind the first kilometers a race record would have been possible even in the men’s race. For a while, the leading runners were 45 seconds behind, but Mengich finished just 19 seconds from the record.
Among 47 013 runners on the starting line, 46 500 finished GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon.
– Organizational it has worked very well and it was incredible to see Degefas achievement. A low number of runners couldn’t finish, a lot due to the normal spring temperature this year. We’ve experienced a lot of people and a great atmosphere today, says Race Director Bo Edsberger.