The Eritrean half-marathon genius will have plenty of other fast runners to push him along.
The EDP Lisbon Half Marathon, which takes place Sunday in Portugal’s capitol city, is always fast, but this year organizers hope it proves to be the fastest half marathon ever run. Zersenay Tadese has announced that his goal is to better his personal best time of 58:59 by at least 27 seconds, which would take him under Sammy Wanjiru’s world mark of 58:33. If he pulls it off, he will take home a 50,000 EUR bonus on top of first-place prize money.
A win is more likely than a record for Tadese, who is a four-time half marathon world champion and rarely loses at his favorite distance. It won’t be easy, though, as the field is stacked with first-rate talents, many of whom will use Sunday’s race as a tune-up ahead of the major spring marathons.
This is true on the women’s side, as well. The female elite race will feature an interesting battle between the 2008 Olympic Marathon gold and silver medalists: Constantina Dita of Romania and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya.
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