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One hour the target in Boulogne-Billancourt Half Marathon

Goitetom Haftu Tesema wins the Boulogne-Billancourt Half-Marathon (ResultatPhoto.com)Goitetom Haftu Tesema wins the Boulogne-Billancourt Half-Marathon (ResultatPhoto.com) © Copyright

16 November 2012 - The 16th edition of “Semi-Marathon de Boulogne-Billancourt Christian-Granger”, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race will take place on Sunday 18 November at 10:00 am CET in Boulogne, France.

The loop course has been slightly modified but as usual the start and finish of the race will take place in front of the Hotel de Ville, passing through the Bois de Boulogne. The objective of the race organisers is to break the 1hour barrier which has resisted all previous the assaults in Boulogne-Billancourt. Kenya Nicolas Manza came the closest when running 1:00:12 in 2008, while the fastest time ever run by a woman ever in this town is 1:09:26 in 2009 by Ethiopian Dado Firehiwot.

Last year Ethiopia made a sweep of the victories thanks to Ejigu Sentayehumerg and Tesema Goetetom Haftu.

Approximately about 6100 runners coming from more than 50 countries will line up on Sunday, which makes this Half-Marathon the third most popular in France (with Paris and Lyon), and the last major one of the year. The forecast announces chilly temperature and possibly light rain in the Eastern part of Paris area.

PJ Vazel for the IAAF

Please note at the time of writing the organisers had not released details of their elite field