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IAAF World Half Marathon, Birmingham 2009 Preview

Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea is the favourite to win the global road running title for a fourth consecutive year at the IAAF / EDF Energy World Half Marathon Championships which take place in Birmingham on Sunday 11 October 2009.

Tadese took the first of his victories in 2007 over the 20km distance at what was then the briefly (for two years) renamed the World Road Running Championships. A year later he won over the half marathon setting his personal best of 58:59 which today is the seventh quickest run of all time on courses applicable for record purposes.

Eritrea’s first ever global champion in any sport went to Rio de Janeiro last year and stomped on the hopes of his opponents with a superb solo run to record his third successive victory and collect another pay cheque of US$30,000. That sum is the winning prize at these annual championships, part of an overall US$245,000 purse available for the top six individuals and teams across the men’s and women’s races…..Read More

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