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Tadese Going After His Own Half Marathon Record

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 31, 2013
  • Updated Jan. 31, 2013 at 8:24 AM UTC
Zersenay Tadese has an amazing record in the half marathon. Photo: IAAF

He needs to run faster than 58:23.

Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese is the king of the half marathon. After all, the 2007 world cross-country champion has five IAAF titles at that distance.

He also owns the world record for the half, which is 58 minutes and 23 seconds. This amazingly fast time was set in 2010.

And on April 6, Tadese will be shooting for a faster one at the Hervis Prague Half Marathon on April 6.

“Our race was the fastest half-marathon in the world in 2012,” Alfred Eichblatt, general manager of Hervis Sport said. “This year we are hoping to break the world record!”

“Zersenay Tadese, who will be celebrating his 31st birthday this February, runs an incredibly limited number of races each year, which he selects carefully,” remarked elite athlete coordinator Jana Moberly. “We are truly happy that he chose Prague this year.”

Even if he falls short of the world mark, Tadese stands a good chance of winning the race. In 10 years, he has lost only three races at the 13.1-mile distance.

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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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