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Two seconds cost the second place runner $75,000 at the Bahrain Night Half

Two seconds cost the second place runner $75,000 at the Bahrain Night Half

On Friday evening in Bahrain, the Bahrain Night Half saw some very fast results as runners chased one of the biggest prize purses in road racing. 

The top four men were only separated by seven seconds and with $100,000 USD on the line, that’s a painful margin to lose by. Abadi Hadis took the win in 59:42, he was followed by Jemal Yimer in 59:45, Bernard Ngeno was third in 59:47 and Fikadu Haftu was forth in 59:49. 

In the women’s race, Brigid Kosgei, who’s the 2018 Chicago champion, took the win in 1:05:28 which is under 40 seconds off of the women’s world record set in 2017 by Joyciline Jepkosgei. Second place went to Ruth Chepngetich in 1:06:09 and third place went to Netsanet Gudeta in 1:06:49. 

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After the huge first place prize, the money drops off by 75 per cent. Second place gets $25,000 and third place gets $15,000, and then there’s another drop after the podium finishes with fourth only taking home $10,000 USD. The elite fields were so tight that in the men’s race, seven seconds was the difference between $100,000 and $10,000.

the tigger effect elite runners faster due to bouncing higher study says - Two seconds cost the second place runner $75,000 at the Bahrain Night Half
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The Bahrain half-marathon isn’t the only world class event this weekend. Sunday will see Canadian runners Cam Levins and Sasha Gollish race some of the world’s best half-marathoners in New York. Levins’ half-marathon personal best is a 1:02:15 from the World Half-Marathon Championships last March in Spain, which is less than a minute off of the current Canadian half-marathon record of 1:01:28 set in 1999 by Jeff Schiebler. It would take a very strong run for Levins to knock down this mark, but it doesn’t seem out of the question. 

Gollish’s personal best is from 2018 World Half-Marathon Championships where she was the first Canadian across the line in 1:11:52. Since that championship a year ago the runner moved up in distance, taking a stab at the marathon. She was unable to complete her first marathon in Berlin but came back with an extremely strong debut in Houston earlier this year running 2:32:54. The race gets underway at 7:30 a.m. EDT. 

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