LA HERVIS PRAGUE HALF MARATHON COMUNICA LA LISTA DI PARTENZA DEGLI ATLETI D’ELITE

IL DETENTORE DEL RECORD AFFRONTA TRE SFIDANTI SOTTO L’ORA
Zersenay Tadese, Il detentore del record del mondo nella mezza maratona (58:23 a Lisbona 2010), mentre cercherà di battere il proprio record a Praga il 6 aprile dovrà affrontare una dura sfida proveniente da tre corridori scesi sotto la barriera dell’ora, e da molti altri con le credenziali giuste per un risultato a sorpresa. Tadese, eritreo, specialista nella mezza maratona ha vinto sei Campionati del Mondo di cui quattro con la mezza maratona, uno nella Cross Country e uno nella 20 chilometri.

Jana Moberly, la coordinatrice degli atleti d’elite per la Hervis Prague Half Marathon (una IAAF Gold Label Race), oggi ha confermato la partecipazione anche dei keniani Prius Maiyo Kiprop (59:25 Berlino 2012), Philemon Kimeli Limo (59:30 Praga 2011), e Daniel Kipchumba Chebii (59:49 Ceske Budejovice 2012). Ad aggiungere qualità alla lista di partenza ci sarà un secondo eritreo, Teklemarian Medhin, medaglia di bronzo al Campionato del Mondo di Cross Country IAAF 2013. Medhin, con il suo migliore personale di 27:16 nei 10,000 metri, farà il suo debutto nella mezza maratona, e Kenyan Henry Kiplagat (1:00:01 Prague 2012) che ha solo vent’anni farà la sua quinta apparizione in un evento RunCzech. Tra gli uomini, le teste di serie ceche sono: Jiri Homolac (1:07:12 Usti nad Labem 2012) e Robert Krupicka (1:06:50 Wroclaw 2005). Il Presidente del Comitato Organizzativo, Carlo Capalbo, ha dichiarato:  “Non abbiamo mai avuto una griglia di partenza d‘elite così forte, e sono sicuro che quest’anno batteremo ancora il record“
Con il tempo di 58:47 ottenuto nella Hervis Prague Half Marathon, Atsedu Tsegay conseguì nel 2012 il primato mondiale e il record dell‘evento, facendo di entrambi, se stesso e la gara, i quarti più veloci della storia. Quest‘anno la corsa ha completamente esaurito i suoi 12 500 pettorali due mesi prima del via del 6 aprile.
La lista di partenza delle donne, sebbene sulla carta non così forte quest’anno come quella degli uomini, darà vita a una gara molto competitiva, con sei atlete con personali sotto l’ora e 10 minuti. Guidate dalla ventiduenne etiope Worknesh Degefa che ha corso quest’anno a Roma in 1:07:49. Tra le altre contendenti d‘elite figurano le keniane Agnes Katunge Mutune (1:09:04 Pune 2012) e Gladys Cherono (1:08:18 Praga 2012) oltre alla compatriota di Degefa, Tadelech Bekele (1:09:31 Goteborg 2012 and Verbania 2013) e Waganesh Mekasha (1:08:48 Marrakech 2013). Le due atlete top ceche sono la 15 volte campionessa ceca, 40 anni, Petra Kaminkova (1:12:17) e la quarantunenne maratoneta olimpica Ivana Sekyrova (1:15:24).
TOP 10 Uomini
Nat
Name
Surname
Born
PB
1
ERI
Zersenay
TADESE
8.2.1982
0:58:23
2
KEN
Philemon Kimeli
LIMO
2.8.1985
0:59:30
3
KEN
Pius Maiyo
KIROP
8.1.1990
0:59:25
4
KEN
Daniel Kipchumba
CHEBII
28.5.1985
0:59:49
5
ERI
Teklemariam
MEDHIN
24.6.1989
debut
6
KEN
Henry
KIPLAGAT
16.12.1992
1:00:01
7
ETH
Andualem
BELAY
5.4.1992
1:00:10
8
KEN
Stephen
TUM
12.6.1986
1:00:58
9
ETH
Abere
KASSW
8.12.1994
1:01:12
10
ETH
Tesfaalem
GEBREAREGAWI
13.11.1995
1:01:07
TOP 10 Donne
Nat
Name
Surname
Born
PB
1
ETH
Worknesh
DEGEFA
28.10.1990
1:07:49
2
KEN
Gladys 
CHERONO
12.5.1983
1:08:18
3
KEN
Agnes Katunge
MUTUNE
26.6.1986
1:09:04
4
ETH
Tadelech
BEKELE
11.4.1991
1:09:31
5
KEN
Edinah
KWAMBAI
1.1.1975
1:10:36
6
JAP
Azusa
NOJIRI
6.6.1982
1:10:53
7
KEN
Isabella
OCHICHI
28.10.1979
1:08:38
8
ETH
Waganesh
MEKASHA
16.1.1992
1:08:48
9
KEN
Pamela Chesopich
LISORENG
5.8.1988
1:11:33
10
ETH
Ehitu
KIROS
13.1.1988
1:11:58
Notes for editors:
The RunCzech running league
The RunCzech running league brings together all the prestigious Prague races organized under the Prague International Marathon heading, along with races in selected regions of the Czech Republic organized by tempo team prague, and collectively known as the RunCzech races.  This series of races spanning the whole Czech Republic allows all those involved to combine their passion for running with a love for travel.
During the course of 2012, 64,043 runners from all over the world took part in the RunCzech running league.  This created a prestigious running ranking system for the 34,346 people participating in competitive runs allowing them to measure their results against other runners in categories according to sex, age, and the new grouping by professions.
In 2013 the RunCzech running league includes the following races:
Hervis Prague Half Marathon (April 6th)
Volkswagen Prague Marathon (May 12th)
Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon (May 25th ) – a new race in 2013
Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marathon (June 8th)
Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon (June 22nd)
Prague Grand Prix (September 7th)
Mattoni Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon (September 15th)
And the host race the Košice  International Peace Marathon (October 6th)
An eighth race will be added to the RunCzech running league in 2014, at which point capacity is expected to reach 81 000 runners, completing the project.
Boasting a total of five IAAF Road Race Label awards, organizers of the RunCzech running league have received  more of these accolades than any other group in the world which attests to the first-rate standards of the organization.
These awards include:
                     The IAAF Road Race Gold Label for the  Hervis Prague Half Marathon
        The IAAF Road Race Gold Label for the  Volkswagen  Prague Marathon
The IAAF Road Race Silver Label for the 10 km Run featured as part of the Prague Grand Prix
The IAAF Road Race Silver Label for the Olomouc  Half Marathon – new in 2013
The IAAF Road Race Silver Label for the Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon – new in 2013
Prague International Marathon, spol. s r.o.
Prague International Marathon spol. s.r.o. (“PIM“) was set up in 1995 by Carlo Capalbo, President of the Company with the aim of organizing a large-scale international marathon on the streets of Prague.  A total of 958 runners made it to the start line of that first race. Since then, PIM’s activities have burgeoned into a whole series of running events referred to as the RunCzech running league.
The Volkswagen Prague Marathon ranks among the top 10 world marathons taking place in one of the most beautiful locations.  The 2012 race attracted 9 057 competing runners from all over the world.  Since 1999 we have also been organizing the Prague Half Marathon along with the the Prague Grand Prix races over shorter courses. In 2012 the Hervis Prague Half Marathon became the year’s fastest half-marathon in the world! The Ethiopian runner, Atsedu Tsegay completed it in the event record time of 58:47.
Races organised by PIM are sponsored by some of the largest companies in the Czech Republic; Volkswagen, adidas, Hervis and Mattoni. The whole organization and atmosphere of the races has drawn a number of renowned names in the athletic world to the Czech Republic (the likes of Haile Gebrselassie, Stefano Baldini, Paul Tergat, Moses Tanui, Antonio Pinto and Patrick Makau), as well as thousands of visitors.
In addition to the above events, PIM also organizes the Junior Marathon for high school students.  A relay race comprised of ten member teams which initially participate in regional rounds, the winners will proceed to the final as part of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon, scheduled for Sunday May 12th 2013.
tempo team prague s.r.o.
tempo team is dedicated to developing marathon races along with other running events held in Europe.  It was established in 2000 by a group of experts and sporting enthusiasts. The term “tempo” is derived from the name of the organization “The European Marathon Promotion Organization”. 
tempo team’s activities entail concept creation, brand building, and marketing as well as the actual organization of sporting events.  Right from the start, tempo team has played a key role in organizing the Prague marathon as well as developing the RunCzech Running series. 
tempo team is the name of the main organizer of races taking place in various regions under the RunCzech running league heading comprising the České Budějovice Half Marathon, the Olomouc Half Marathon,  the Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon and most recently the Karlovy Vary Half Marathon.

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