Tapia also bested the women’s winner to nearly double his prize money in the battle-of-the-sexes “Equalizer Challenge”.
Female elites started the race ahead but Tapia caught the leading woman, Monicah Ngige () who was also making her debut at the distance, in the final stages.
Yeshaneh finished second for the second time in a row but improved her personal best by 33 seconds.
Loganathan Suriya, in eighth, finished in an Indian half marathon record of , breaking the record set by Lalita Babar in this same race in 2015 by 33 seconds.
31-year old Tapia was runner-up last year four seconds behind the winner. “I knew I was ready.” He settled into the pack at 3km but at 13km, in neighbouring Pacific Grove, he broke away as the course turns back towards the finish. I made my move,” Tapia said: “I went for it and it worked.” He pulled away from a group of seven others by running sub-3mins/km pace for the next 5km. “He’s brought a lot of pride to Monterey County,” said race director Doug Thurston.
Ngige averaged /km in the women’s race: “The course is [not easy in] the first half, but coming back was better,” said the 10km specialist.
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