Eritrean Daniel Mesfun Finished 2nd in New York City Half Marathon
www.runnersworld.com | March 18, 2019
Nearly 25,000 runners—including a stacked field of elite men and women—braved the blustery, mid-30s temperatures in the Big Apple on Sunday morning, March 17, to complete the New York City Half Marathon, which began in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and finished in Central Park. Here is a look at how both races played out.
Spectators standing near the finish line caught the major action of men’s pro race, where Ethiopia’s Belay Tilahun, 23, who was not entered in the elite field heading into the race, kicked past leader Daniel Mesfun of Eritrea with less than a mile to go in Central Park to break the tape in 1:02:10. Mesfun finished in 1:02:16, while Paul Chelimo, a 5,000-meter silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics making his half-marathon debut, placed third in 1:02:19. Tilahun takes home $20,000 for the victory.
All eyes were on Chelimo, who said prior to the race that he was “ready to show the long distance guys a thing or two on March 17.” The 5K specialist set the pace with Mesfun and Parker Stinson for the first few miles, splitting 14:17 at the 5K mark. Around the time the field crossed the Manhattan Bridge at the 6-mile mark, however, Mesfun had opened a wide gap on Chelimo and the rest of the competition, and the speedster couldn’t come back.