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It’s Tadese Versus Mathathi In Japan

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 17, 2013
Zersenay Tadese is the fastest half marathoner in the world. Photo: www.photorun.net

The rivals have been competing against each other since 2006.

As far as road races go, the  Naoko Takahashi Cup Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon in Japan is a newbie. The annual event turns three this year, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be without excitement.

Martin Mathathi of Kenya is the only male runner to win the race and he wants to keep it that way. The IAAF Bronze-Label race takes place this weekend.

Back in 2011, he set the course record (1:00:47). However, this year’s go around won’t be easy for Mathathi, because he will be squaring off against the current world record for the half, Zersenay Tadese.

Tadese’s time for the 13.1-mile event is 58:56.

Still, in past matchups between these two rivals, Mathathi has come out on top with a 3-2 record.

He defeated Tadese at the 2006 edition of the World Cross-Country Championships. He also came out on top a year later in the World Championship 10,000m race.

Other contenders include  Jacob Wanjuki who has won a half-marathon race in Japan.

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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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