Thousands of athletes gathered in Turkey’s biggest metropolis early Sunday to take part in the 13th Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon, one of world’s top marathon events. The Istanbul Half Marathon is an annual road running event over the half marathon distance (21.1 kilometers) that takes place in April on the streets of Istanbul.
Ethiopian athletes have left their mark on this year’s event, which is now considered an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label Road Race, by winning both in the men’s and women’s categories.
Ethiopia’s Amdework Walelegn won the men’s race while his fellow Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh came first in the women’s event.
More than 8,000 athletes from 50 countries participated in the half marathon which also included a 10-kilometer race along with the 21-kilometer half marathon.