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New records set in Delhi Half Marathon

Rwanda's Diudone Disi and Ethiopian Deriba Alemu created new course records on their way to bringing an end to Kenyan dominance in the men's and women's race respectively.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2007 11:22 IST

Rwanda's Diudone Disi and Ethiopian Deriba Alemu created new course records on their way to bringing an end to Kenyan dominance in the men's and women's race respectively at the third Vodafone Half Marathon in New Delhi on Sunday.

World number six Disi clocked 60:43 (one hour and 43 seconds) while Alemu, ranked 10th in the world, took 1 hour 10 minutes and 30 seconds to claim the title.

Kenya's Isaac Macharia (60:47) and world number three Wilson Kiprotich (62:03) finished second and third respectively in the men's race.

Alemu, meanwhile, was succeeded by compatriot Atsede Habtambu, who clocked 1:10:36. Kenya's Kenya's Alice Timbill came third with a timing of 1:10:40.

The Indians in the fray also improved on their last year's performance with last year's top finisher Ram Singh Yadav once again being the local champion ending 16th this time.

Yadav clocked 1:06:09 to finish a rung ahead of Deep Chand, who missed out on becoming the Indian champion by just a second to end 17th.

Mukesh Kumar was the Indian third with a timing of 1:06:12. Mukesh finished 18th overall.

Kavita Raut was the new Indian women's champion as last year's champion Pampa Chanda failed to even make the top-20. Kavita finished 15th overall with a timing of 1:18:34.

L Preethi Rao was the next Indian at 19th after clocking 1:20:38, while Vaishali Chatare was the local number three, finishing an overall 20th with the timing of 1:21:58.