This breaks the previous women’s-only-race 50k world record, which was set at this event in 2021 when Irvette van Zyl (South Africa) ran 3:04:24. Hayile was not clear of the U.S.’s Des Linden’s faster-recorded women’s 50k world record for a mixed race of 2:59:54, also set in 2021. Records for both women’s-only and mixed races are kept by the governing body of World Athletics.

The 2023 Nedbank Runified 50k women’s race started at 5:30 a.m. local time in South Africa and completed five 10-kilometer loops over flat roads.

At the start, a group of six women packed up in the lead, eventually dwindling to four as the group passed the 25-kilometer mark in 1:30:28. This group was composed of race favorite Amelework Fikadu Bosho, Tinebeb Nebiyu Ali, and Hayile, all from Ethiopia. Namibia’s Helalia Johannes was also part of the group but would soon drop after her pacemaking duties finished.

Three runners were left leading together. Bosho dropped from the group next, leaving Hayile and Ali alone up front. With around 13k to go, and after encouragement from Ali, who was visibly working to maintain Hayile’s pace, Hayile surged to cover the final kilometers solo and cross the line at 3:00:30.

She ran a very slight negative split for the race, with her pace coming out to 5:49 minutes per mile (3:37 minutes per kilometer).

Des Linden retains the women’s mixed-race 50k world record of 2:59:54.

According to irunfar