Namibian long-distance runner, Helalia Johannes, ran a huge personal and world best breaking the 40+ age group record at the Valencia Marathon on Sunday, 6 December 2020.
Johannes crossed the finished line in third position in a time of 2:19:52, behind Kenyans, Joyciline Jepkoskei (2:18:40) and Peres Jepchirchir (2:17:16), in second and first place, respectively.
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The Nedbank Running club athlete has now added to her impressive list of records, which include being a five-time Two Oceans Half Marathon winner, Military World Games, All-Africa Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships medal holder.
In 2019, Johannes became the first woman to win six SPAR Grand Prix races.
In 2019 two time Olympian and #NedbankRunning athlete, Helalia Johannes became the first woman to win SIX Spar Grand Prix races 🙌
— Nedbank Running Club (@Nedbank_RC) May 6, 2020
Also making her name on the world stage at the Valencia Marathon, gold medal winner on the day, Jepchirchir, broke the women’s course record just seven weeks after winning the World Half Marathon title in a world record time.
According to olympicchannel.com, this is the perfect ending of the season for the Kenyan who holds the world record for the women-only of 1:05:16 from her winning run in Poland on 17 October.
In Gdynia she improved her own 21km world mark from the previous month set in Prague and is now the fifth fastest women marathoner.
Photo 1 Caption: Namibian long-distance runner, Helalia Johannes, pictured at the Valencia Marathon where she ran a huge personal and world best breaking the 40+ age group record on Sunday, 6 December 2020. Photo: @PossoSports