Runner breaks national half marathon record

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Runner breaks national half marathon record

Taipei, Dec. 17 (CNA) Taiwanese long-distance runner Hsieh Chien-ho (謝千鶴) set a national record for the women's half marathon on Sunday, clocking 1:15:05 as part of the Taipei Marathon, missing the entry standard for the World Half Marathon Championships 2018 by five seconds.

The 30-year-old runner clinched the gold medal in the half marathon with more than 27,000 entrants taking part in the marathon and half marathon events, including 3,200 from 51 countries and regions.

After the competition, Hsieh told reporters that she was aiming for a time under 1:15:00, the entry standard set by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for the World Half Marathon Championships to be held in March in Valencia, Spain.

Hsieh said she failed to meet the qualifying standard because running uphill into a headwind toward the end of the race wore her down.

Despite that disappointment Hsieh did achieve her goal of setting a new national record, breaking her own record of 1:15:13 set in February 2016 at the Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon in Japan.

Accredited by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races and Chinese Taipei Athletics Association, Taipei Marathon is one of the biggest annual races in Taiwan.

Taiwanese male runners who run 2:17:00 or faster and female runners who finish within 2:35:50 qualified for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

(By Li Chin-wei and Shih Hsiu-chuan)

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