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Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon

Sunday April 7th, 2019
Istanbul, Turkey
Distance: Marathon · Half Marathon · 10K

The conquering armies of ancient times tended to ransack the city rather than endow it with artistic treasures, but all that changed with the Byzantines, who adorned their churches and palaces with mosaics and frescoes. Miraculously, many of these remain. Their successors, the Ottomans, were quick to launch an ambitious building program and the magnificently decorated imperial mosques that resulted are architectural triumphs that together form one of the world's great skylines. In recent years, local banks and business dynasties have reprised the Ottomans' grand ambitions and endowed an impressive array of galleries, museums and festivals for all to enjoy.

With that being said, the Istanbul Half Marathon is the place to be!!

The Istanbul Half Marathon (Turkish: İstanbul Yarı Maratonu) is an annual road running event over the half marathon distance (21.1 km) that takes place in April on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey. It is now a IAAF Gold Label event.

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Race Date: 04/08/2018 Distance: Half Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
2nd Male 1:00:07 ASEFA TEFERA 28 ETH
3rd Male 1:00:08 KAAN KIGEN OZBİLEN 32 TUR
Female 1:06:22 ABABEL YESHANEH 25 ETH
2nd Female 1:07:00 ROZA DEREJE 21 ETH
3rd Female 1:07:55 DIANA CHEMTAI KIPYOKEI 27 KEN
4th Female 1:09:18 JOYCE CHEPKIRUI 28 KEN
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 1:13:47 MUAMMER ALTINOK 40 TUR
M 60-69 1:26:58 ALİ ÇETİN 64 TUR
M 70+ 2:07:57 NAZMİ ÇİNER 74 TUR
F 50-59 2:04:56 NURGÜN SAYAR 62 TUR
Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon

2018 Half Marathon Record Of TURKEY

(2018) Istanbul Vodafone 13th Istanbul Half Marathon organized by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Sports Istanbul was held in the Historical Peninsula. The organization ranked among the best 11 semi-marathons in the world and placed in the Golden Category,8,000 athletes from more than 50 countries ran for a healthier life.

Ethiopia’s Amdework Walelegn stormed to a Turkish all-comers record on Sunday (8) at the Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, clocking a personal best of 59:50 in his second appearance over the distance.

Walelegn, who turned 19 last month, arrived in Istanbul with a modest 1:02:00 lifetime best, a time he ran in his half marathon debut in Riyadh in February. However, he had proved that more was coming when he finished in a world-leading time of 27:36 at the Laredo 10km three weeks ago.

The Ethiopian talent was in the leading pack going hard from the gun. The fast opening 2:43 kilometre led to a 14:10 split at five kilometres with an 11-man pack at the front. Along with Walelegn, Asefa Tefera of Ethiopia, Kenyans Leonard Langat and Evans Cheruiyot, and the Turkish duo Kaan Kigen Özbilen and Polat Kemboi Arıkan were still in contention when the group passed the 10-kilometre mark in 28:09.

Arikan was the first to start losing ground after the 12th kilometre, but the rest held together at 15-k, reached in 42:15 and still well in line with the targeted pace of sub-60.

Strong head winds after the turn-point at 16 kilometres slowed the pace a bit but Walelegn coped best with the conditions and pulled away from the others to hit 20 kilometres in 56:42, 50 metres ahead of Tefera and 70 metres ahead of Özbilen. The gap increased over the final kilometre with the young Ethiopian crossing the finish line in 59:50, the first sub-60 on Turkish soil. Tefera was second in 1:00:07 with Özbilen, who finished ninth at the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 two weeks ago, followed in a national record of 1:00:08.

Ababel Yeshaneh achieved the second victory of the day for Ethiopia, taking the women’s title after slicing nearly a minute from her career best. Yeshaneh, her compatriot Roza Dereje Bekele, the winner of Dubai Standard Chartered Marathon in 2:19:17 in January, and Kenya’s Diana Kipyokei were in a distant lead at 10 kilometres where they passed in 31:11.

Yeshaneh made her move and created a gap over the two after the 15th kilometre and reached the finish alone in 1:06:22. Dereje arrived second in 1:07:00, with Kipyokei third in 1:07:55, PBs for both.

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Leading results:
Men -
1. Amdework Walelegn, ETH, 59:50
2. Asefa Tefera, ETH, 1:00:07
3. Kaan Kigen Özbilen, TUR, 1:00:08
4. Leonard Langat, KEN, 1:00:16
5. Evans Cheruiyot, KEN, 1:00:26
6. Polat Kemboi Arıkan, TUR, 1:01:20
1. Ababel Yeshane, ETH, 1:06:22
2. Roza Dereje Bekele, ETH, 1:07:00
3. Diana Kipyokei, KEN, 1:07:55
4. Joyce Chepkirui, KEN, 1:09:18
5. Etegagen Woldu, ETH, 1:09:22
6. Zerfie Limeneh, ETH, 1:09:34

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