IAAF Press Conference: World Half-Marathon Champs

There was pre-race drama ahead of tomorrow’s IAAF / EDF Energy World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham, when three of the main medal contenders, Mary Keitany, Sammy Kitwara and Dathan Ritzenhein, were stuck for nearly an hour in the lift of the REP Theatre, which is being used as the press centre for the event, so preventing them appearing at the official IAAF Press Conference.

“I am going to run hard to win. I have won for the last three years. After Berlin I started preparing for this race because it is important for me and tomorrow I will try to win again,” said Zersenay Tadese.

Thankfully all were eventually freed but after their exhausting ordeal they returned immediately to the athletes hotel.

Reigning World champion Tadese of Eritrea was more fortunate because arriving a few minutes late missed being caught in the incident and speaking at the conference was very upbeat about winning a fourth successive title….Read More

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