Delhi Half Marathon tops world Road Running events in 2011

Updated: Jan 20, 2012, 21:19 PM IST

New Delhi: Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2011 has been ranked as the world`s top road running event, according to a competition rankings released by an athletics website.

The Ras Al Khaimah International Half Marathon (UAE) was ranked second, while the Philadelphia Rock `n` Roll Hal Marathon (USA) was adjudged third in the competition ranking released on Thursday.

The Road Running competitions were ranked in three different categories -- Combined ranking of the Men`s and Women`s races, Men`s Road Running ranking and Women`s Road Running ranking -- and the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon was adjudged No. 1 in the all the three categories.

The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2011, an IAAF Gold Label event and also the world`s most prestigious half marathon, offered a purse of USD 210,000 and had attracted some of the world`s biggest names in distance running.

Ethiopia`s Lelisa Desisa won the men`s overall title in 59.30 minutes, while the women`s title was bagged by Kenyan Lucy Kabuu in a time of 67.04 minutes.