Lelisa Desisa Wins City-Pier-City Half Marathon

Lelisa Desisa breaks the finish tape in The Hague. Photo: IAAF

He did it despite being in a car accident just last month.

It was a thrilling finish at the City-Pier-City Half Marathon in The Hague, Holland on Sunday. Up to the 20K mark, there were still five runners still battling it out for the win. Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa outsprinted the four other runners to win in 59:37–a personal best for him. Azmeraw Kekele Molalign of Ethiopia finished second two seconds later, while Kenya’s Peter Kirui was third in 59:42.

Desisa was extremely pleased with his win, especially given the fact that he was in a car accident before the World’s Best 10K in Puerto Rico last month. “I am very happy with this victory and my personal best time,” Desisa said. “Just before I went to Puerto Rico I had a car accident, The air bag pressed hard against my chest. Now I am felling fine. I love this course, it is very fast. The wind was a little bit cold. But I am feeling fine.”

In the women’s race, Kenya’s Filomena Chepchirchir won in 1:09:06, while Tsegereda Girma of Ethiopia was second in 1:10:30.

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