Organized by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), Sports Istanbul and Vodafone, The Istanbul Marathon hosted more than 8,000 athletes including 32 elite athletes.

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Ethiopia's Amdework Walelegn won the men's race while his fellow Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh came first in the women's event in Sunday's Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon 2018, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. Meanwhile, Kaan Özbilgen set the Turkey record in the race.

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.

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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.

In the elite category, Walelegn clinched the title with 59 minutes, 50 seconds on the clock, followed by Ethiopia's Terifa Debela with 1:07 and Turkish athlete Kaan Özbilgen with 1:08.

Özbilgen broke the Turkey's half marathon record, which belonged to Ali Kaya previously, by eight seconds.

Source: IBB