Ethiopian long-distance runner (born 1999)
|Full name||Yalemzerf Yehualaw Densa|
|Born||3 August 1999|
Finote Selam, Mirab Gojjam Zone, Ethiopia
|Team||NN Running Team|
|Coached by||Tessema Abshero|
|Achievements and titles|
Yalemzerf Yehualaw Densa (born 3 August 1999) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She won the 2022 London Marathon. Yehualaw is the current world record holder in the 10 kilometres road race, sits second on the world all-time list at the half marathon and seventh on the respective world all-time list for the marathon.
Yehualaw recorded the fastest ever women's marathon debut at the 2022 Hamburg Marathon.
Early life and background
Yalemzerf Yehualaw was born the eldest of six siblings in Finote Selam in the Gojjam area of the Amhara Region.
She was winning track races at school from the age of 12 and later also youth track titles in her highly-competitive region. Thus, she was invited to join the Ethiopian Athletics Federation Academy in Addis Ababa where she currently lives, and then, in 2017, to join the NN Running Team coached by Tessema Abshero.
A 19-year-old Yehualaw made her international debut in April 2019 at the Rabat Half Marathon in Morocco, where she took victory. The same year, she represented Ethiopia at the African Games held in Rabat, Morocco and won the women's half marathon event, breaking Games record in a time of 1:10:26. She also won the Great Ethiopian Run, a 10 kilometres road race in Addis Ababa, setting a new course record of 31:55.
She earned the bronze medal in the women's half marathon at the postponed 2020 World Half Marathon Championships held in Gdynia, Poland, just three seconds behind gold medallist Peres Jepchirchir. A month later in November, Yehualaw competed at the Delhi Half Marathon in India where she faced a world-class field. In most impressive performance of her career up to that point, she won the race in a time of 1:04:46, the second-fastest women's time ever recorded for the distance, beating world record-holder Ababel Yeshaneh and 2019 World marathon champion Ruth Chepng'etich.
In August 2021, Yehualaw competed in the Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Northern Ireland setting a new world record time of 63m 44s, the first women's mark under 64 minutes not ratified because the course was 54 metres short. She ran legal 63m 51s in October at the Valencia Half Marathon thus securing second mark on the world all-time list behind team-mate Letesenbet Gidey, who set a world record in this race.
In January, after having to withdraw from the Valencia 10km two weeks earlier, Yehualaw bettered her own course record at the Great Ethiopian Run with a time of 31:17, the fastest 10km ever recorded at altitude.
On 27 February, she ran again 10 kilometres and set a new world record in the women's event in Castellón, Spain, slicing 24 seconds off the yet-unratified mark held by Bahrain's Kalkidan Gezahegne since 2021, with a clocking of 29 minutes 14 seconds. At the time Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei held the ratified record of 29:43, set in 2017. Only two women ever had run faster over the distance on the track.
In April, in her anticipated first marathon, Yehualaw achieved the fastest ever women's marathon debut of 2:17:23 at the Hamburg Marathon, breaking the Ethiopian record, German all-comers' record, and putting her sixth on the world all-time list. She won by almost nine minutes (around three kilometres) in windy conditions.
The 23-year-old successfully defended her Antrim Coast Half Marathon title in August, setting the UK all-comers' record with her joint fifth-fastest ever time of 64m 22s.
On 2 October, Yehualaw took her first victory at a World Marathon Major at the 2022 London Marathon, becoming the youngest ever female winner of the London event. She clocked 2:17:26, only three seconds outside her personal best, after she fell over with about 10km to go. She then soon broke clear of Joyciline Jepkosgei in second, with 24th mile in a quick 4:43 according to initial reports[A] — the fastest split in women's marathon history. Her finishing time was the third-fastest women's mark in the event's history, behind only the world records set by Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25) and Mary Keitany (2:17:01, women-only).
|Track||5000 metres||14:53.77||12 June 2021||Nice, France|
|10,000 metres||30:20.77||8 June 2021||Hengelo, Netherlands|
|Road||5 km||15:27||15 March 2020||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|10 km||29:14||27 February 2022||Castellón de la Plana, Spain||World record|
|Half marathon||63:51||24 October 2021||Valencia, Spain||Mx #2nd of all time|
|Marathon||2:17:23||24 April 2022||Hamburg, Germany||Mx #8th of all time|
|2019||African Games||Rabat, Morocco||1st||Half marathon||1:10:26||GR|
|2020||World Half Marathon Championships||Gdynia, Poland||3rd||Half marathon||1:05:19||PB|
|World Marathon Majors|
|2022||London Marathon||London, United Kingdom||1st||Marathon||2:17:26|
|2019||Marathon International de Rabat||Rabat, Morocco||1st||Half marathon||1:09:13|
|Delhi Half Marathon||New Delhi, India||2nd||Half marathon||1:06:01|
|Great Ethiopian Run||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||1st||10 km||31:55||CR|
|Xiamen International Marathon||Xiamen, China||1st||Half marathon||1:07:34|
|2020||Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon||Ras Al Khaimah, UAE||6th||Half marathon||1:06:35|
|Women's First 5km||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||2nd||5 km||15:27|
|Delhi Half Marathon||New Delhi, India||1st||Half marathon||1:04:46||CR|
|San Silvestre Vallecana||Madrid, Spain||1st||10 km||31:17|
|2021||Istanbul Half Marathon||Istanbul, Turkey||2nd||Half marathon||1:04:40|
|Antrim Coast Half Marathon||Larne, Northern Ireland||1st||Half marathon|
|Valencia Half Marathon||Valencia, Spain||2nd||Half marathon||1:03:51|
|2022||Great Ethiopian Run||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||1st||10 km||31:17||CR|
|10K FACSA Castelló||Castellón de la Plana, Spain||1st||10 km||29:14||WR|
|Hamburg Marathon||Hamburg, Germany||1st||Marathon||2:17:23||CR NR|
|Antrim Coast Half Marathon||Larne, Northern Ireland||1st||Half marathon||1:04:22||CR|
- Official data and initial reports pointed out to a very fast 4:43 24th mile split. However, after further evaluation it was determined that the 24th-mile marker was situated at the wrong spot.
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