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Results: Daniel Ebenyo and Almaz Ayana Win 2023 Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon

Ethiopia's Olympic champion Almaz Ayana and Kenya's Daniel Ebenyo won the 2023 Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon races on Sunday with 1:07:58 and 59:27, respectively.

Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia celebrates at Rio 2016
Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia celebrates at Rio 2016. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

NEW DELHI, India (Oct. 15) — Ethiopia’s Olympic champion Almaz Ayana clocked 1:07:58 to win the women’s race at the 2023 Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon, a World Athletics Gold Label Road Race, held Sunday morning. Kenya’s Daniel Ebenyo won the men’s race, clocking in at 59:27, as eight Kenyan men finished in the top nine.

Running her second half marathon of the season, Rio Olympics 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana led the women’s elite race with her second-fastest time over the distance, beating her closest rival by 90 seconds.

“I’m delighted to have won here,” said Almaz. “It was a challenging race, and the weather was quite hot. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic experience to compete in the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon.”

The two-time world champion in the 5000m and 10,000m was followed by Uganda’s Stella Chesang, who posted 1:08:28 for second place. Kenya’s Viola Chepngeno rounded out the top three with a time of 1:09:09. Also breaking the 70-minute barrier was Ethiopia’s Abersh Minsewo, who ran 1:09:50 for fourth place.

Meanwhile, Budapest World Championship 10,000m silver medalist Daniel Ebenyo completed the men’s race in 59 minutes and 27 seconds. The 28-year-old picked up his second half marathon victory this season, following his win in Istanbul in April.

He also collected a silver medal in the half marathon race at the World Athletics Road Running Championships Riga 23 earlier this month.

Kenyan Charles Matata finished second behind Ebenyo at the 2023 Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon on Sunday, crossing the finish line at 1:00:05. Ethiopia’s Addisu Gobena secured the third spot with a time of 1:00:51.

Five men were able to run under 61 minutes today, with Kenyans Isaac Kipkemboi and Isaia Kipkoech Lasoi clocking 1:00:52 and 1:00:55 in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Despite the win, Ebenyo was hoping for a faster time.

“It was an incredible experience to compete here, although I’m disappointed with my timing,” he reveled. “I had aimed for the event record but fell short.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to break the event record next year. I extend my congratulations to the organizers of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon for hosting a splendid event.”

Among the Indian runners, Abhishek Pal finished as the fastest in the men’s elite category, completing the race in 1:04:07 for 10th place. In the women’s elite category, Kavita Yadav led the pack, finishing in 1:17:42 for 11th place.

Delhi Half Marathon Highlights

  • Daniel Ebenyo wins the men’s elite race with a time of 59 minutes and 27 seconds.
  • Almaz Ayana clinches the women’s elite race, finishing in 1 hour, 7 minutes, and 59 seconds.
  • Indian runners Abhishek Pal and Kavita Yadav emerge as the fastest in their respective categories.
  • The event features a diverse field of over 40 international teams.

2023 Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon Results

Men’s Half Marathon:

  1. Daniel Simiu Ebenyo – Kenya – 59:27:00
  2. Chales Matata – Kenya – 1:00:05
  3. Addisu Gobena – Ethiopia – 1:00:51
  4. Isaac Kipkemboi – Kenya – 1:00:52
  5. Isaia Kipkoech Lasoi – Kenya – 1:00:55
  6. Leonard Barsoton – Kenya – 1:01:36
  7. Roncer Kipkorir Konga – Kenya – 1:02:05
  8. Vincent Kimaiyo – Kenya – 1:03:18
  9. Gideon Kiprotich – Kenya – 1:03:51
  10. Abhishek Pal – India – 1:04:07
  11. Kartik Kumar – India – 1:04:08
  12. Sawan Barwal – India – 1:04:17
  13. Murlikumar Tulsyabhai Gavit – India – 1:04:41
  14. Harjodhvir Singh – India – 1:05:03
  15. Sunil Kumar – India – 1:05:03
  16. Dharmender – India – 1:05:18
  17. Matre Kiran – India – 1:05:32
  18. Lovepreet Singh – India – 1:05:38
  19. Bugatha Srinu – India – 1:06:24
  20. Prince Kumar – India – 1:06:25

Women’s Half Marathon:

  1. Almaz Ayana – Ethiopia – 1:07:58
  2. Stella Chesang – Uganda – 1:08:28
  3. Viola Chepngeno – Kenya – 1:09:09
  4. Abersh Minsewo – Ethiopia – 1:09:50
  5. Vivian Jepkemei Cheruiyot – Kenya – 1:11:26
  6. Anchinalu Dessie – Ethiopia – 1:11:34
  7. Bertukan Welde – Ethiopia – 1:12:00
  8. Mare Dibaba – Ethiopia – 1:12:02
  9. Betelihem Afenigus – Ethiopia – 1:12:25
  10. Nurit Ahmed – Spain – 1:17:26
  11. Kavita Yadav – India – 1:17:42
  12. Rima Patel – India – 1:17:48
  13. Poonam Dinkar Sonune – India – 1:17:49
  14. Sanjivani Jadhav – India – 1:17:53
  15. Tamsi Singh – India – 1:18:01
  16. Sonika – India – 1:19:16
  17. Ujala – India – 1:20:47
  18. Ekta Rawat – India – 1:21:30
  19. Nirma Thakur – India – 1:23:19
  20. Kevate Reshma – India – 1:23:41

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Glen Andrews is one of World-Track main writers for long distance and marathon running. Andrews, who competed in cross country during his High School and college years finds passion covering these events. He's also run a few marathons in his time, and still hopes to qualify for Boston.

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