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‘Chelangat’ wins Poznan half marathon just days after her wedding

Mercyline Chelangat’s undefeated season continued on Sunday, April 3, when she won the Poznan half marathon in Poland.

The victory, the 24-year-first old’s in an international 21-kilometer road race this season, came only seven days after her wedding.

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And it comes on the heels of victories at the National Cross-Country Championships in Tororo and as per the Source of the marathon in Jinja in February.

Chelangat, who has faced a flameout since her bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth, comfortably saw off competition from Kenya’s Simiyu Lydia and Ethiopian Addisalem Tegegn.

Her time of 1:09:24 was at least a minute off her personal best of 1:08:27 that she set in 2021 at the Barcelona half marathon and Juliet Chekwel’s world half marathon winning time (1:08:44) in Gydnia, Poland, two years back in October. 

But Chelangat won’t mind because she had an almost free run to the top of the podium, finishing a minute ahead of Simiyu (1:10:20) and Tegegn (1:10:40). (1:10:21).

Kenyan Lillian Lelei Lilian was fourth with 1:11:05, and Polish lady Izabela Paszkiewicz came fifth (1:11:18).

Ethiopia’s Abate Sikiyas beat a tight men’s race with a time of 1:00:49, almost 26 seconds onwards of Kenyan pair Tafere Adisu (1:01:15) and Chesir Shadrack (1:01:27).

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Eritrean Hiskel Ghebru finished fourth at 1:02:19, two seconds ahead of Lema Abera from Ethiopia, who finished fifth.

Meanwhile, Uganda’s Ali Chebures recorded a personal best time as he finished seventh at Spain’s 2022 Edreams Mitja Marató Barcelona half marathon.

Chebures clocked 1:00:53, his individual best time of the season in a race won by Ethiopia’s Haftu Teklu (59:06). Ethiopia’s Chala Regasa (59:10) and Kenya’s Elvis Cheboi (59:15) finished second and third, respectively.

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