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Isabella Ochichi Makes A Splash At Comeback Race In Prague

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 10, 2013
  • Updated Apr. 10, 2013 at 9:51 AM UTC
After her third-place showing in Prague, Isabella Ochichi will next focus on the marathon. Photo: www.photorun.net

33-year-old Kenyan hadn’t raced internationally in six years.

Everyone likes a good comeback. Last weekend, one such story unfolded at the Hervis Prague Half Marathon when Isabella Ochichi of Kenya crossed the line in third place. Her time was 1:09:21, and Prague was the first time she had competed internationally in six years.

“I wanted to come to Prague to see what I can achieve with my training,” the 2004 Olympic silver medalist said after her win. “I wasn’t sure what would be possible here. After all these years I am very happy now. I expected to run well, but I didn’t think about achieving a third place.”

Ochichi says her next goal is to move up to the marathon. She hopes to race the 26.2-mile distance next month and says she’s already logged a 38K training race.

Along with her Olympic medal, the 33-year-old finished in the top 10 at the 2003 and 2005 IAAF World Championships.

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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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