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Wanjiru sets half-marathon record in 58:53

2/9/2007

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Kenya's Sammy Wanjiru
regained the world record in the half-marathon Friday after
Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie broke the mark last year.

Wanjiru won in 58 minutes, 53 seconds, at the Ras Al Khaimah
International Half Marathon.

Gebrselassie ran 58:55 in Phoenix on Jan. 15, 2006, to break
Wanjiru's then record of 59:16 set in 2005.

Patrick Makau of Kenya was second in 59:13 on the 13.1-mile flat
course in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the smaller emirates. Deriba Merga
of Ethiopia was third in 59:43. Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, who won
the Boston and Chicago marathons in 2006, was fifth.

Ethiopia swept the women's half-marathon, which was won by
Berhane Adere, the former world 10,000 meters champion, in 70:58.
Teyiba Erkesse was second in 71:02 and Bizunesh Bekele finished
third in 71:06.