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Focus On Tadese At World Half Champs

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 5, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 5, 2012 at 10:36 AM UTC
Zersenay Tadese is a force to the reckoned with in the half. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Eliud Kipchoge will be giving the Eritrean a run for the money.

This Saturday, the 20th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships kick off in the sleepy coastal town of Kavarna, Bulgaria.

In this race, all eyes will be on one man: Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese. After all, he owns the world record at this distance and will be hoping to win his fifth global title.

However, it hasn’t been all victories for the 30-year-old. Two years ago in Nanning, China, Tadese failed to deliver, but still came home with the silver medal.

At the race this weekend, conditions are expected to be challenging with high humidity and warm temps.

His biggest rival will be Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, who won the 5,000m at the 2003 World Championships when he was just 19 years old. Now 27, Kipchoge has traded the track for the roads and has been doing quite well. Last month, he clocked 59:25 at the Lille Half Marathon.

This phenomenal time was the second-fastest debut in the half marathon ever.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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