Ethiopians Triumph In Yangzhou Half

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 23, 2013
  • Updated Apr. 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM UTC
Worknesh Degefe won the women's race at the Yangzhou Half Marathon on Sunday. Photo: Bezvabeh

It was a major East African show of force in China on Sunday.

On the day that most of the world’s elite marathon runners were taking to the streets of London, Ethiopians were enjoying success in China at the half-marathon distance.

Specifically, Jakob Jarso and Worknesh Degefa triumphed at the Yangzhou International Half-Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Race.

Jarso’s winning time for the 13.1 miles was 1:00:39. For  Jarso, it was his second-best time in the half.

Nicholas Kipkemboi of Kenya was good for second place in 1:00:42, while third place was awarded to Nguse Tesfalde of Eritrea (1:00:46).

At the 10km mark, 12 runners comprised the lead pack. Kipkemboi led the group. Five kilometers later, Jarso — a former steeplechase runner — seized the lead.

Meanwhile, the women’s race was entirely a different affair with three runners, Worknesh Degefa, Tadelech Bekele and Yebrqual Melese, all from Ethiopia, taking it out strong from the starting gun.

The trio stuck together for most of the race, and it wasn’t until the 19km mark that Degefa made the first surge.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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